503 Organizations Require Secretary of OAS and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to work in Colombia – Services – Justice

More than 435 national social organizations, 68 international organizations and 2,300 people – including some members of Congress – have invoked the Inter-American Democratic Charter and on Thursday demanded: Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro. “Proceed with concrete measures to address the grave human rights situation in Colombia” in the context of the national strike.

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Former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro has headed the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States since May 2015.


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Among the requests addressed to the eminent person are to convene a “quick and urgent” meeting of the OAS Permanent Council and to urge the Colombian government to form, in agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a multidisciplinary group of independent experts (GIEI).

This group shall, at their request, investigate the events that occurred during the protests and be able to access files and records (public and private) to produce a report outlining the types of violations, patterns, modus operandi, and responsibilities.

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They also submit petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The request is also addressed to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)rejects that on May 24 the government refused to accept her requested visit to the country.

However, the position of the executive branch in this regard changed on Wednesday, when Vice President and Chancellor, Marta Lucia Ramirez, confirmed that IACHR He can visit the country the next day, if he considers it appropriate.

(In context: If the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights wants to come tomorrow, we have no problem: VP)

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Several clashes took place in the protests between demonstrators and members of the public force.

In her petition, more than 500 social organizations asked the commission to prepare a report on the events that occurred in Colombia during the protests, “to highlight the role of general strength in controlling demonstrations and the role of justice and oversight bodies.”

Likewise, they request that the situation in our country be included in Chapter IV of the annual report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, “in view of the existence of a picture of serious, persistent and widespread violations of human rights.”

Among these violations, I mention the NGOs, will be the excessive use of force and the repetitive and extensive measures Police brutality That, according to their calculations, leaves as a balance “no less than 43 executions by the general force (every 13 hours a demonstrator is killed).

In addition, they assert that “715 people suffered personal injuries due to the disproportionate actions of the security forces (every 46 minutes, one person is injured), 96 attacks on human rights defenders (every 6 hours, one attack), and 1,264 arbitrary arrests (every 27 minutes, one unlawful deprivation of liberty) and 21 victims of sexual violence (1.1 victims each day).”

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This data is far from that reported by entities such as The Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Board of Grievances, which as of May 17 has reported 42 cases of deceased persons, 15 of which have proven to be directly related to the demonstrations. However, it is clear that during the protests, there were acts of violence that must be urgently investigated.


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