End the repression in Colombia

Right now, thousands of people are risking everything in Colombia to hold their government to account for their actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take action now and demand that the government end their crackdown on free expression.

Since 28 April, thousands of people across Colombia have joined protests in response to a tax reform from President Ivan Duque. Among their calls for equality are protests against the slow implementation of the peace agreement and the killings of human rights defenders. The government’s response has been militarization and repression through its ‘special task force,’ called the ESMAD. We have received reports of arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violence, and disappearances, and of excessive use of force by the police and the ESMAD members.

The police have indiscriminately used tear gas, rifles, and semi-automatic weapons on protesters to disperse them, acting against international standards. Since the 28 April, dozens of people have been killed and injured.

Every day more people are being punished for speaking up in Colombia. The President must end the excessive use of force on protesters in the country now.

Take action now and demand that President Ivan Duque ends the repression of Colombian National Strike participants and investigates all allegations of excessive and unnecessary use of force against demonstrators.