United Nations Reveal There Were 66 Massacres in Colombia This Year

The United Nations said on Tuesday morning that armed groups, drug-traffickers and crime organizations have carried out 66 massacres all across Colombia this year, urging the government of President Ivan Duque to take action against a violence that has been “normalized.”

The United Nations said on Tuesday morning that armed groups, drug-traffickers and crime organizations have carried out 66 massacres all across Colombia this year, urging the government of President Ivan Duque to take action against a violence that has been “normalized.”

“It is tragic to see so many people fall victim to persistent violence across the country,” United Nations’ Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement, pointing out that peasants, indigenous and Afro-Colombian people especially were targeted. “In addition to those killed, the victims of course include those left behind, who remain almost completely defenseless,” she said.

Her office has documented a total of 66 massacres across 18 of Colombia’s 32 departments in 2020 alone, leaving 255 people dead. The office said it had also learned that 120 human rights defenders have been killed in the country this year.

“I call on the Colombian authorities to take stronger and much more effective action to protect the population from this appalling and pervasive violence,” Bachelet said.


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