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UN human rights office urges calm, after bloodshed in Colombian city of Cali

Spokesperson Marta Hurtado stated that the OHCHR office in Colombia is working to confirm the precise quantity of casualties, and set up how the incident happened in Cali.

“We express our profound shock at the events there and stress our solidarity with those who have lost their lives, as well as the injured and their families”, she stated.

Mr. Hurtado added that human rights defenders additionally reported having been harassed and threatened.

The protests, which started final Wednesday with a normal strike over proposed tax reforms, continued regardless of an announcement from the Colombian presidency on Sunday that the reform invoice can be faraway from Congress. The Finance Minister can also be reported to have resigned.

According to the UN human rights office, the bulk of the protests to date have been peaceable however it has obtained allegations of no less than 14 deaths in completely different components of Colombia, together with no less than one police officer, because the demonstrations began.

‘Extremely tense situation’

There have additionally been requires a “massive demonstration” on Wednesday.

“Given the extremely tense situation, with soldiers as well as police officers deployed to police the protest, we call for calm”, the OHCHR spokesperson stated.

She additionally reminded the State authorities of their duty to guard human rights, together with the proper to life and safety of individual, and to facilitate the train of the proper to freedom of peaceable meeting.

“We stress also that law enforcement officers should abide by the principles of legality, precaution, necessity and proportionality when policing demonstrations. Firearms can only be used as a measure of last resort against an imminent threat to life or of serious injury.”

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