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Fri May 21, 2021, 05:35 AM

The United States must stop providing weapons used to repress Colombia's protests

20 May 2021, 18:23 UTC

In light of verified visual evidence by Amnesty International that United States weapons and equipment are being misused to commit human rights violations against protesters in Colombia, the human rights organization is calling on Secretary of State Blinken to immediately cease the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of equipment used for repression such as small arms, shotguns, and related ammunition; less-lethal equipment, such as tear gas, riot control projectiles and launchers; armored vehicles, dual-use surveillance technologies, training, and any other technical or financial assistance.

“The United States role in fueling ceaseless cycles of violence committed against the people of Colombia is outrageous,” said Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. “The United States government has been an agonizing party to the killing, disappearances, sexual violence and other torture, and horrendous repression of dozens of mostly peaceful demonstrations.

“A suspension of weapons must remain in place until the Colombian security forces fully comply with international law and standards on the use of force, abuses are independently and impartially investigated, and there is full accountability for all human rights violations that have been committed by the Colombian authorities, with support from the United States. Secretary Blinken has the power to stop the fear and terror that Colombian protesters are enduring, and he must do so immediately.”

The United States role in fueling ceaseless cycles of violence committed against the people of Colombia is outrageous

Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director at Amnesty International USA

More:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/05/estados-unidos-armas-usadas-para-reprimir-protestas-colombia/

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