The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released its latest report on the human rights situation in Colombia, detailing the huge challenges facing the country in the midst of the peace process. While it praised the advances towards peace and the human rights guarantees included in the peace deal, the report stated that the peace agreement must be diligently implemented to combat structural human rights abuses in the country.
While the government remains distracted in a semantic discussion on the terms "systematicity" and "paramilitarism", left winged social leaders in Colombia continue to be murdered and threatened. Whatever link there could be among these cases –that are increasing in a dangerous and frightful manner- it is clear that the Government is being incapable of guaranteeing its monopoly of force throughout the country and unable to control criminality, which in turn deeply hurts the dream of having a more robust democracy with peace.
This week, the social and political organization “Marcha Patriótica”(hereinafter MP) released its most recent report on Human Rights violations in Colombia, especially against its members and other social leaders. The diagnosis was clear: along with a reduction in deaths in the context of the armed conflict, there was an "exponential" increase in civilian casualties due to their socio-political activities.
The dramatic increase of assassinations of social and political community leaders in Colombia on part of paramilitary death squads is gathering more and more concern among various social and political organizations and movements that work for peace and are direct victims of this situation that has been recognized by multiple human rights reports including the United Nations office of the high commissioner in Colombia.
According to the report of Human Rights organizations, the mechanism was set up in order to deal with the serious situation of threats and risks against the lives of Human Rights defenders during these Christmas and New Year holidays.
The social and political movement "Marcha Patriotica", Cauca, has denounced the serious situation faced by the Department of Cauca in what refers to human rights.
In a report presented to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination (CCEEUU) highlights that despite the positioning of a public agenda that references the rights of victims of the conflict and the peace process with guerrilla organizations, the violations of Human and Civil Rights in Colombia still persist in a systematic manner and the policies and legal provisions have not had the adequate or necessary levels of implementation.
According to the Information System on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders 19 activists have been killed and there have been a total of 63 individual attacks, in the period between July and September 2016.
A Stable and Lasting Peace will not materialize if the targeted killing of civic and popular leaders persists