The UN has rights in the office Condemned Colombian security officials use “excessive force” after numerous deaths in protest days
The protests, which began last week, demanded the repeal of a proposed tax reform by President Evan Duke’s government – he did so on Sunday, but the protests Continued.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it had “called for peace” in the wake of the “extremely tense situation” with soldiers and police deployed.
“We remind the state authorities of their responsibility to protect human rights and to facilitate the exercise of the right to life and the right to the protection of the individual and the right to freedom of assembly peacefully,” said spokeswoman Maria Hurtado.
“Law enforcement officials must adhere to the principles of legality, caution, necessity and proportionality when demonstrating. Firearms can only be used as a last resort against impending life threats or serious injuries. “
Hurtado added that UN officials were trying to verify the number of casualties from the scene in Kali on Monday night.
Authorities detained 431 people and the government deployed troops in the worst-hit cities.
Several NGOs have accused police of firing on civilians.
Tax reform was sharply criticized for punishing the middle class during the economic crisis.
The government introduced the April 15 bill as a way to finance public spending.
The goal was to raise 3 3.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to re-establish Latin America’s fourth-largest economy.
Colombia’s economy shrank 8.6 percent in 2020 as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the worst performance in half a century.
Unemployment rose to 16.6 percent in March, while 42.5 percent of the 50 million people now live in poverty.