The Colombian human rights advisor Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez stressed this Tuesday that she is not a country that violates freedoms, but has a “different context” after the government officials’ meeting with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). who went there to investigate complaints of state repression over the past month’s protests, which have claimed nearly 50 dead and hundreds injured.
“Colombia is not a country that violates human rights,” Gutiérrez told the media to briefly come to a meeting attended by President Iván Duque, Vice-President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez and the IACHR delegation. consisting of the president Antonia Urrejola and the executive secretaries Camina Koch, Maximiliano Duarte and María Claudia Pulido.
Gutiérrez, the only official so far to have told the media some of the points raised at the meeting, said they had made the IACHR “aware of the importance of knowing the context of Colombia” that of other neighboring countries.
In response, he stated that they had been informed about the functioning of the institutions and had conveyed the commitment to the government and state control bodies to protect human rights.
Hours earlier, the IACHR held independent meetings with representatives from the Attorney General, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ombudsman, as well as with Vice President Ramírez, who told them that Colombia “has suffered a siege by minority groups that took advantage of the legitimate protests of many young people to create confusion To create chaos and destruction “.
The opposition has asked the government to let the IACHR work because the panel has “listened to the official versions of the social protest for 24 hours”. Colombian Senator Humana Roy Barreras has expressed regret that the authorities “manage the agenda” while civil society “continues to wait”.