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Protests in Colombia: HRW condemns “extremely serious abuses” by the police against protesters

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Colombian police arrest a protester in Cali, June 4, 2021

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Human Rights Watch denounced the excessive use of force during the protests.

The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced the “very serious abuses” committed by members of the Colombian national police against protesters during the protests that have taken place in that country since April 2021.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the human rights organization accused the security forces of using excessive and often brutal force against “mostly peaceful” protesters and assured that has documented numerous deaths, violent beatings, sexual abuse and arbitrary detentions.

“The human rights violations committed by the police in Colombia they are not isolated incidents of undisciplined agents, but the result of deep structural failures, “said José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas at HRW.

Vivanco called on the government to implement “serious” police reform and “ensure adequate oversight and accountability to prevent these abuses from happening again or going unpunished.”

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