The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) began its three-day working visit to several Colombian cities on Tuesday where it will collect testimonies of human rights violations during the protests, with a first meeting with the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, reports EFE .
One part of the mission – made up of the president of the IACHR, Antonia Urrejola, and the executive secretaries Camila Koch, Maximiliano Duarte and María Claudia Pulido – met this morning with Duque and the vice president and chancellor, Marta Lucía Ramírez, and other members of the government.
It is a private meeting with which the mission inaugurates its work agenda in Bogotá; During the morning they will also meet with the Police and representatives of various ministries, including Defense – responsible for the Police -.
“In these three days of visit we will meet with various representative sectors of Colombian society, including government authorities, the executive, legislative and judicial branches, representatives of civil society and all sectors that have seen their rights violated,” Urrejola explained. at a press conference, in which he indicated that “for the IACHR, there is no person or organizations banned.”
And he highlighted that “the Commission’s delegation will seek to listen to the victims of human rights violations and their families in the context of the protests to directly receive their testimonies, complaints and communications.”
In this way, in the afternoon, they will begin to meet virtually with civil society, where victims of police abuses and crimes committed within the framework of the protests will participate.
Since the beginning of the protests, the Prosecutor’s Office has reported 20 deaths, while social organizations such as the NGO Temblores raise the number to 74 fatalities, among them 45 of which they directly blame the Police, most of them occurred in Cali.
TRIP TO CALI
Another working group of the IACHR traveled this morning to the city of Cali (southwest), which has been the epicenter of the protests since April 28 and where the greatest human rights abuses have been denounced by both the Police, such as scenes of clashes between armed civilians, blockade problems and vandalism.
In this city, the third most important in the country, the IACHR will meet with civil society and meet with local organizations such as the Municipal Council and the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, as well as the state Unit for the Search for Disappeared Persons. (UBPD).
The protesters have called in front of the hotel where the IACHR will hold a “great artistic demonstration” to receive and host this mission, which is expected to give a neutral and objective statement of what has happened in the country during six weeks of protests.