The Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, received this Monday a delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) who had traveled to the Latin American country to discuss the human rights situation within the framework of protests against the government.
In a statement, the Colombian Foreign Ministry has stated that the IACHR agenda will begin with an opening and welcome meeting and will continue with a private audience requested by the government from the IACHR.
This is followed by private hearings of the IAHR with the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Ombudsman and the General Prosecutor’s Office, reports of investigations and measures taken into account of violent behavior during the days of protests, blockades and national strikes.
On Tuesday, Ramírez will chair the IACHR meeting with various ministers and government officials. They will also meet with the Presidential Advisor on Stabilization and Spokesperson for the Government-National Unemployment Committee Talks, Emilio Archila, and Human Rights Advisor Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez.
At the same time, another group from the Commission will travel to Cali, Popayán, Tuluá and Buga, where they will hold talks with local authorities and civil society until Thursday.
For its part, the IACHR had already stated that it wanted to listen “particularly” to the victims of human rights violations and their families in order to receive testimony, complaints and reports.
The protests, which have rocked the country for a month, now began as a mobilization against the tax reform proposed by Iván Duque’s executive, but after their withdrawal, the mobilizations call for action to tackle inequality in the country.