The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) received the complaints and testimonies on human rights violations in Colombia. The agency’s mission concluded its visit to the South American country. Its members were in the cities of Bogotá, Cali, Popayán and Tuluá.
The delegation arrived on Sunday in Colombian territory to analyze what happened in the massive citizen demonstrations. Now they must evaluate the documentation and prepare a “public statement”. They will also make “observations and recommendations” to the state.
The mission of the IACHR received civil organizations, victims, commanders of the police and the prosecution. He also met with President Iván Duque in the capital. The Ombudsman’s Office presented him more than 500 complaints about human rights violations.
The citizen protection entity informed them that 61 people have died since the start of the protests in April. Even the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and international NGOs denounced the serious excesses committed by law enforcement officers.
At the close of the IACHR’s visit, the Duque executive made a promise to the body. They promised to investigate 21 homicides, of the 61 deaths, occurred during the protests. The Demonstrations are still held against the right-wing government.
Foreign Minister Marta Ramírez asserted that Duque is “totally committed to continuing to carry out all the investigations.” The protests began against an increase in taxes on the lowest income. The repression led them to be an unprecedented social outbreak.
AP News Specifies that the head of the commission, Antonia Urrejola, asserted that they will analyze all the information received. Minister Ramírez said that will receive the recommendations “with the greatest disposition”. The chancellor emphasized that they seek “always to be a guarantor of respect for human rights.”