Through a statement, the Peace Process Support Mission in Colombia The Organization of American States (MAPP/OEA), has spoken out against the disproportionate use of public force in the midst of social protests in Colombia.
In the statement, the organization expressed its “deep concern and Conviction in cases of disproportionate use of public force which were registered under the packing.
Next to, It renews its support for the peace agreement and calls for the urgency of prosecution and punishment Actions of public force against demonstrators.
The mission reiterates its call to the authorities to guarantee the basic right to protest without “excesses or sabotage”, It ensures that dialogue is the best way to address and resolve conflicts.
Along the same lines, MAPP/OEA asserts that protests in Cali and other cities in the country are being monitored, and “make themselves available to the state and the calling organizations to generate bridges of understanding.” that allows an end to the crisis that has claimed the lives of Colombian men and women.”
In conclusion, the organization emphasized the call for non-violence, joint peace building and the protection of human rights.
Like the Organization of American States, there are many organizations that have expressed their disapproval of the current situation in the country. The United Nations condemned the violence that took place in recent days in Colombia They called for calm amid the demonstrations.
The organization also rejected the excessive use of force by the authorities to repress protesters.
“We are deeply concerned by the events that took place in Cali, Colombia last night, When the police opened fire on protesters protesting tax reform, they killed and injured several people, according to information received.Marta Hurtado, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, announced.
“Our office in Colombia is working to verify the exact number of victims and to determine the circumstances of these horrific incidents in Cali.” Hurtado has been added.
For its part, the European Union too Condemns violence and “disproportionate” use of force against Demonstrations in ColombiaHe considered it necessary to contain the escalation of the situation.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and condemning the violence,” spokesman Peter Stano said, adding that “It is really a priority to contain the escalation of violence and avoid the disproportionate use of force” in Colombia, The crackdown on demonstrations against tax reform has killed at least 19 people.
The spokesman added that the situation is very worrying, and that specifically, it is necessary to analyze acts of violence that affect the legitimate right to demonstrate and peaceful assembly.
Similarly, the official emphasized that the European Union condemns the killing of people who died during the protests.
Total, Eighteen civilians and a police officer have been killed since the start of the protests that began on April 28, according to a budget from the Board of Grievances.