UN criticizes Colombian government for killing ex-guerrilla activists
The United Nations human rights body called on the Colombian government to improve protection for human rights activists and civilians, to be more present in remote and poor areas and to fully implement a peace agreement with the United Nations. FARC rebels to fight against violence.
Killings of activists and mass killings have made President Ivan Duque the target of frequent criticism from the international community and advocacy groups. His government largely attributes the violence to drug trafficking.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights counted 133 murders of activists and community leaders last year, 25 more than the previous year. The government said on Monday it had only registered 66, but that another 63 were under investigation.
Full implementation of a 2016 peace agreement with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which initially led to a reduction in violence, is key to stemming the violence, the body said. the UN.
?? The most important thing is to put the peace agreement at the center of the government’s response, strengthening the mechanisms created by the agreement ?? for this situation, said Juliette de Rivero, the representative of the UN office in Colombia, during a virtual press conference.
The 2016 agreement saw some 13,000 FARC members demobilize and the group became a legal political party.
The government must also dismantle the armed groups, including the still active ELN rebels, the former FARC combatants who reject the peace agreement and the criminal gangs led by former paramilitaries, who are responsible for the murder of the militants who resist them.