May 24, 2017

Urgent Action: Police Use Tear Gas On Peaceful Protesters (Colombia: UA 117.17)


Residents of the city of Buenaventura in Colombia have reported police repression, including the use of tear gas, at peaceful protests that began on 16 May. Several people, including two children, have been injured. Police and armed forces have a significant presence in the area, and fear of increasing violence remains as protests continue.

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Residents of the city of Buenaventura in Colombia have reported police repression, including the use of tear gas, at peaceful protests that began on 16 May. Several people, including two children, have been injured. Police and armed forces have a significant presence in the area, and fear of increasing violence remains as protests continue.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling the Colombian government to guarantee people’s right to participate in peaceful demonstrations, in particular the general strike in Buenaventura and other cities;
  • Demanding the Colombian police and other State security forces not to engage in undue force and to respect the human rights of all demonstrators in Buenaventura and other cities;
  • Urging national and local authorities to take immediate measures to guarantee the fundamental rights to water, health and quality education of the residents of Buenaventura, and the right to participate in the implementation of the peace agreement signed with FARC.

Contact these two officials by 5 July, 2017:
President
Juan Manuel Santos
President of Colombia
Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26 Bogotá, Colombia
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear President

Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón
Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20036
T: 202.387.8338
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 117.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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