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IACHR and Colombian Branch of the OHCHR Insist on the Need to Keep up Talks, Stress their Call for Non-Violence in Cauca

April 4, 2019

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Washington, D.C./Bogota - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Colombian branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) express their firm hope that dialogue will persist and that the Colombian government and the social uprising known as Minga that has been launched in Cauca will soon reach an agreement.

The IACHR and the Colombian branch of the OHCHR stress that the right to social protest is a human right and that such protests must always be peaceful, whatever manifestations and actions they involve. They note that, during public demonstrations, force must only be used in exceptional circumstances, whenever it is strictly necessary in compliance with international standards.

“Dialogue is essential to respond to social demands, and it is the only way to contain violence. An approach based on human rights always paves the way to strengthen democracy and the rule of law,” said the IACHR and the Colombian branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The two international organizations also express their concern about the violence that has already caused several deaths and left several people injured—both mingueros and officers of the National Police—as well as involving attacks against the facilities of the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council (CRIC, by its Spanish acronym), the indigenous healthcare provider in Popayán, Cauca, and the Committee to Promote the Integration of the Colombian Massif (CIMA, by its Spanish acronym). The staff at both CRIC and CIMA protect the human rights of residents of the area.

Finally, the IACHR and the Colombian branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stress their commitment, support and presence in Colombia in a context of respect for human rights.

No. 087/19