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MADRE Calls for Action to Address Violence Against Protesters in Colombia

Members of Proceso de Comunidades Negras Gather in Protest

In May, together with the Colombian organization Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), and supported by Oxfam, Outright Action International, and Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, MADRE sent a Human Rights Violations and Humanitarian Situation in Colombia .pdfHuman Rights Violations and Humanitarian Situation in Colombia .pdf to the UN Security Council and UN human rights experts encouraging them to hold the Colombian Government accountable for a worsening humanitarian situation and for its militarized response to Colombia’s weeks-long National Civic Strike.

As has been widely reported, security forces throughout Colombia have met demonstrators — who are calling for an end to poverty and for meaningful peace implementation — with egregious violence, including sexual violence, particularly in the city of Cali. The letter calls on the government and international community to support an independent investigation into killings, torture, disappearances, and sexual violence against protesters, including against Indigenous Guard and Afro-descendant protesters, and to ensure justice for victims of state violence. It also calls for meaningful peace implementation to address ongoing violence, particularly impacting Afro-Colombian and Indigenous women and their communities.

June 17, 2021