Today, I am writing to you to express deep concern with the ongoing violation of human rights taking place in Colombia, where the government is using excessive force against civilians who exercise their right to peaceful protest. Demonstrations against a tax reform started on April 28 of this year, and the response of the government has been brutal. As of May 5, more than 1700 cases of police violence have been reported, more than 30 people have been killed by police forces, and at least 10 cases of sexual violence by the police have been recorded. People in Colombia are being killed and terrorized by the Colombian state! According to the U.S Department of State “The United States and Colombia share a commitment to promoting security, prosperity, and democratic governance in Colombia and across the Western Hemisphere...The United States strongly supports Colombia’s efforts to secure the just and lasting peace the Colombian people deserve (and) efforts focus on strengthening rule of law and judicial institutions; enhancing respect for human rights.” Now more than ever is the time to enforce such a foreign policy. Taking into consideration U.S relations with Colombia and as a member of the Latin community in the United States, I want to ask you to please escalate this situation to the floor of Congress. The United States, being a strategic trade partner, an advocate of democracy, and the main investor in Colombia must apprehend the actions of President Ivan Duque, impose sanctions against him and his cabinet, and stop funding indirectly the massacre of the Colombian people. I sincerely ask you to reach out to President Joe Biden to make a statement on the human rights violations occurring in Colombia. Being complicit with terrorism perpetrated by the state makes you a terrorist state as well. Colombians need your help now!
First sent on May 6 by Colombian Community in the U.S.
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