Official spokesperson Marta Hurtado He said that Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights An office in Colombia is working to verify the exact number of victims and determine how the accident occurred in Cali.
“We express our deep shock at the events that took place there, and affirm our solidarity with those who lost their lives, as well as the wounded and their families,” she said.
Mr. Hurtado added that human rights defenders have also reported that they have been harassed and threatened.
The protests, which began last Wednesday with a general strike against the proposed tax reforms, have continued, despite the Colombian presidency on Sunday announcing the cancellation of the reform bill from Congress. The finance minister has also reportedly resigned.
According to the UN Human Rights Office, the majority of protests so far have been peaceful, but have received allegations of at least 14 deaths in various parts of Colombia, including at least one police officer, since the demonstrations began.
‘An extremely tense situation’
There were also calls for a “mass demonstration” on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Given the very tense situation, with the deployment of soldiers and police officers to monitor the protest, we call for calm.”
It also reminded the state authorities of their responsibility to protect human rights, including the right to life and personal security, and to facilitate the exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
We also stress the need for law enforcement officers to adhere to the principles of legality, precaution, necessity and proportionality when controlling security for demonstrations. Firearms can only be used as a last resort against an imminent threat to life or serious injury. “