Thousands took to the streets on Sunday in Bogotá to demand an end to protests and roadblocks and to express support for security forces. The demonstrators dressed in white and waving Colombian flags seem to be the response to almost a month of rioting and clashes bloody clashes between protestors and the forces.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández Tuesday said the “problem” of human rights in Venezuela “disappearing” and insisted there was no need for blockades when the way to solve these issues is through dialogue.
In a country where 24 people have died in clashes with police and some 800 have been injured, Colombian President Iván Duque woke up Wednesday and gave a radio interview during which he addressed this year's Copa America football competition, which his country is to co-host with Argentina, and guaranteed everything will go on as planned.
The UN human rights chief called on Thursday for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology during peaceful protests, stressing that it could increase discrimination against people of African descent and other minorities.
Protests in cities across the United States triggered by the killing of George Floyd underscore “police violence” against people of color, and historic inequalities in access to health, education, and jobs, the top United Nations human rights official said on Tuesday.
The Chilean government is back under the spotlight, like it was during the Pinochet regime, for alleged violations of human rights during social unrest and protests over metro fare hikes which erupted in October.
In 2014, Michelle Bachelet a Socialist swept into Chile’s presidency for a second time on a program of radical reform of tax, education and pensions. She also aspired to enact a new constitution that would guarantee “more balance between the state, the private sector and society”, as she told your columnist over tea at the Moneda presidential palace. She argued that her “struggle against inequality” was the last chance to deal with discontents that, if neglected, could push Chile towards populism.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging authorities in Bolivia to ensure security forces comply with international standards on the use of force following the deaths of at least five protestors on Friday.
The United Nations said on Thursday it would send a special mission to investigate human rights abuses in Chile, where a general strike went into its second day following a week of street protests that left 18 dead.
Venezuela on Thursday won a seat on the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council -- a move that the U.S. quickly branded “an embarrassment” and further proof that its decision last year to leave the body last was the right one.