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Colombian president calls for talks with victims of the State


Colombian president calls for talks with victims of the State

Bogota, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, called on the victims of the State to come and talk with the National Government, in order to move forward in reparation mechanisms, the presidency reported on Sunday.

Particularly based on the 2021 social protest, the governor pointed out that it is vital to establish communication between an association of victims and the Government in order to set conditions for the State to compensate the victims of repression.

It is necessary that we can heal that wound, he pointed out.

He made reference to the subject while engaging in a public talk with Sidssy Uribe, sister of Lucas Villa, who was murdered in May 2021 in the city of Pereira during the days of the national strike.

In a meeting in the municipality of Quinchía (Risaralda), Petro gave the floor to Villa’s sister, who demanded justice. I come as a victim to demand justice, because it has been two years since the murder of my brother Lucas Villa; there is no justice, and I would just like to remind you that on March 17 my brother Lucas Villa would be 39 years old, said Sidssy Uribe.

We are not only victims of the strike, we the social leaders are still afraid, she said.

In this regard, the president recalled that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) established some recommendations regarding the social protest.

Among these recommendations there was one on the reform of the Police; and others that have to do with compensation, with the reparation, to the extent possible, of the relatives or the surviving victims of the social outbreak, he explained.

The National Government and the IACHR agreed last January to create a mechanism to follow up on the recommendations presented by this body in a report on the events that occurred during the social protest in Colombia, between 2020 and 2021.


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