'Human rights crisis' unfolding in Colombia

8 June 2016 - 12:15pm
Press release

Ordinary Colombians demanding a say in the peace process have been met with brutal violence by the Colombian state. Three indigenous leaders have died and hundreds more people injured.  

Colombia has been gripped by conflict for 70 years. On 30 May, millions of Colombians took to the streets in protest against the country’s massive inequality and to demand a say in peace negotiations. 

The national strike, under the banner of ‘The Agrarian, Ethnic, Rural and Popular Minga’, has seen Colombians from diverse backgrounds call on Colombia’s President Santos to give them a seat at the negotiating table.

Sebastian Muñoz, Senior Programmes Officer (Latin America) at War on Want, said:

“A human rights crisis is unfolding in Colombia. We stand with the people of Colombia who risking their lives to fight for a just and long-lasting peace. These are the same communities that have had to bear the brunt of the conflict, the same communities that have historically been excluded and marginalised.

“We are calling on President Santos and the Colombian state to choose peace, to curb any violence when dealing with protestors, and to respond to the concrete, and legally justified, demands that protesters have made.”

The strike continues.

 

Notes to editors

Seb Munoz will be in Colombia during the national strike and is available for interviews.

For more information and to arrange interviews contact Ross Hemingway +44 (0)7983 550 728

Seb Munoz is the co-founder of Movimiento Jaguar Despierto

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