House of Lords members call for end to state violence in Colombia

Members of the House of Lords in the British Parliament have written to Colombia’s ambassador to the UK over ongoing state repression of massive protests calling for economic equality and protection for human rights. The letter, signed by seven Lords members, calls on the Colombian government ‘to ensure its citizens are able to exercise their democratic freedoms, and that human rights abuses by the security forces are properly investigated at all levels.’

Since protests began on 28 April, Colombian security forces, according to national human rights organisations, have killed up to 43 people and injured and arrested many more. There has been worldwide condemnation of President Iván Duque’s approach to the protests, with the European Union, United Nations, Organization of American States and numerous countries voicing their concern over the abuses committed against protesters.

Despite pressure on the Colombian government, the repression has continued for over three weeks. Although the government has met with strike organisers, a resolution to the crisis does not appear close.

Read or download the House of Lords letter via the link below.