UN blames Colombian police for 28 deaths, 16 rapes during protests this year

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Her Office UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced in the report “General Strike 2021” the seriousness of the incidents and the barbarity of the police that has left at least 28 confirmed deaths from police violence out of the 46 that have been officially reported.

The representative of the UN Office for Human Rights in Colombia, Juliette de Rivero, has confirmed that “in cases of unnecessary and / or disproportionate use of force, there have been human rights violations, such as the arbitrary deprivation of life by security forces” suffered mainly by “young people between 17 and 26 years old living in slums and peripheral neighborhoods, children of farmers, children of natives and descendants of Africans “.

The report also refers to rape as out of the 60 allegations of sexual violence received (48 women and 12 men) “allegedly committed by members of the police”, the international organization has verified 16 cases.

This is not the first time that the brutality of the Police in Colombia has been reported. On June 9, the Human Rights Watch published a report on the abuse of power of the police in Colombia and concluded that human rights abuses committed by the country’s security forces “are not isolated incidents of unruly agents, but mistakes ”.

Fouli Zavitsanou from Público.es

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