Foreign Affairs Council

Colombia: Statement by the Spokesperson on violence against human rights defenders

Brussels, 26/02/2021 - 22:54, UNIQUE ID: 210226_18
Statements by the Spokesperson

Today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented her report on the situation of Human Rights in Colombia in 2020. The EU shares the concerns reflected in the report in particular regarding the violence against human rights defenders, former FARC combatants and social and indigenous leaders.

The EU appreciates progress made by Colombia in areas such as rural development programs or reincorporation of former combatants. Stronger efforts are still needed to improve the overall situation, as highlighted in the UN report.

The EU welcomes the recommendations made to promote structural changes helping to improve the human rights situation and, in this sense, the comprehensive implementation of the peace agreement, to which we reiterate our long-term commitment. We appreciate the recommendations that call for a stronger integrated State presence in the territories, for the adoption by the National Commission for Security Guarantees of a public policy to dismantle the criminal organizations and for protecting the work of the comprehensive system for truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.

The respect and promotion of human rights is a shared value between the EU and Colombia. The EU stands ready to continue working with all actors, including the government of Colombia, the civil society and the United Nations.

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