Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro urged the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to go beyond statements and give responses to the Colombian people, who are being massacred by Iván Duque’s Government.
«What is High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet going to do? Will she make do with releasing a statement telling she is concerned? What about the massacre in Colombia, Bachelet? UN Secretary General, what will you do about this brutal massacre? He has unleashed the army against the Colombian people to massacre them with rifles. Stop the massacre in Colombia! » said President Nicolás Maduro.
The Venezuelan president pointed out that in the city of Cali, the repressive forces of Iván Duque’s Government killed 13 young people, while human rights organizations have reported the disappearance of over 200 people, and «in Valle del Cauca, tortured young people washed up on the banks of a river, and the world does not react. »
The statements issued by international organizations are «lukewarm and border on complicity […] They do not say anything about the pain and suffering of the Colombian people in this tragedy. Iván Duque’s Government has declared war on the Colombian humble people and youth, » condemned Maduro.
President Maduro stressed that «the Homeland of Bolivar, the Liberator and Father of Colombia, is standing up for the life, the right to peace, the freedom and the democracy of the Colombian people. »
Colombia has been experiencing social unrest and mobilizations in all its regions for 32 days, with dozens of deaths, thousands injured and hundreds of people who have disappeared according to reports by Colombian human rights organizations.