PBI-Colombia with the CIDH-IACHR at Portal Resistencia in Bogota, June 10.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH-IACHR) has released its report following its working visit to Colombia on June 8 to 10.

Their visit was to report on the human rights situation during the national strike (#ParoNacional) which began on April 28.

On July 7, Reuters reported: “Colombia’s government must hold genuine dialogue with civil society and ensure punishment for security force members who have committed abuses, after the violence at weeks of anti-government protests led to at least 27 deaths, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) said on Wednesday.”

That article adds: “The CIDH, an autonomous arm of the Organization of American States, presented 41 recommendations based on a June visit to the Andean country.”

Those 41 recommendations can be read in their report here.

CIDH President Antonia Urrejola told journalists: “The commission confirmed that repeatedly and in various regions of the country, the response of the state was characterized by the excessive and disproportionate use of force.”

El Espectador also reports: “Some of the most important issues on which the IACHR pronounced on Wednesday are the right to protest, the disproportionate use of force, sexual and gender-based violence, the ethno-racial approach, the use of the figure of transfer of protection, the disappearance of persons, military assistance, the application of military criminal jurisdiction, the protection of journalists, and access to the Internet.”

The right to blockades

El Espectador adds: “The agency warned that it is a mistake to generically characterize the blockades as illegal conduct and recalled that the State must tolerate that the demonstrations generate a certain level of disruption of daily life, for example, in relation to traffic and commercial activities.”

La FM also noted: “Regarding the protests, the CIDH reiterated that protest is a right protected by the American Convention on Human Rights, which includes blockades as a form of demonstration. For this reason, it states that blockades cannot be prohibited a priori or in a generalized way and that their interventions must not affect the integrity and lives of demonstrators.”

CIDH-IACHR President Antonia Urrejola speaks at the media conference that released the report. The full media conference can be seen here.


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