Since the end of April 2021, hundreds of thousands of Colombians have protested throughout the country against the government. The Colombian government crackdown on the protests and police violence has resulted in the deaths of over 30 protesters, numerous cases of sexual violence and serious injuries, over 100 people reported disappeared, over 800 arbitrary arrests, and 69 targeted attacks on human rights defenders. PBI Colombia has been accompanying Nomadesc, La Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, FSCPP, Cospacc, Credhos and other HRDs during the Paro Nacional.

This situation led to members of the UK parliament to table an Early Day Motion expressing concern for the ongoing situation. The EDM was drafted by ABColombia, PBI UK, Justice for Colombia and the Parliamentary Human Rights Group.  Please write to your MP urging them to support EDM 4. Find out who your MP is here. We have created a template email below that you can use. The EDM "expresses profound concern on reports of excessive use of force by the Colombian police, against overwhelmingly peaceful social protests" and "condemns serious human rights violations allegedly carried out by the police" the motion further calls on the UK government to review its training of the Colombian Police, suspend the sale of riot control materials and review all other arms exports to Colombia". 

 

MP Email Template

Dear XX MP,

I hope this finds you well. I am writing to ask you to add your signature to EDM 4: “Protests in Colombia” https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/58434. The EDM was drafted by ABColombia, PBI UK, Justice for Colombia and the Parliamentary Human Rights Group and tabled by Tony Lloyd MP. The EDM reads:

That this House expresses profound concern on reports of excessive use of force by the Colombian police, against overwhelmingly peaceful social protests as confirmed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights across Colombia from 28 April 2021, as part of a national strike; believes the right to peaceful protest and freedom of assembly are essential tenets of democracy; condemns serious human rights violations allegedly carried out by the police, including the use of live ammunition resulting in the deaths of over 30 protesters, numerous cases of sexual violence and serious injuries, over 100 people reported disappeared, over 800 arbitrary arrests, and targeted attacks on civil society organisations and human rights defenders, some of whom were trying to monitor the police; also condemns the small minority who infiltrated the peaceful protests and perpetrated violence; notes with alarm the Colombian Government’s order to militarise the cities and urges them instead to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the protest organisers to address their legitimate grievances; calls on the Government to review its training of the Colombian Police, suspend the sale of riot control materials and review all other arms exports to Colombia in light of the current situation; and further calls on the Government as pen holders for the Colombian peace process at the UN Security Council to promote substantive reform of the Colombian security services and full implementation of the Peace Accord.

Yours sincerely,

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