Bronx, NY – At present, Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the Home International Affairs Committee, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Home International Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Safety, and Commerce, and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Home International Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Safety, and Commerce, urged President Iván Duque of Colombia to make sure full investigations into the latest killings of 5 Afro-Colombian youngsters. Within the letter, the lawmakers expressed alarm about this vicious killing and a sequence of different latest mass murders and famous the significance for Colombia of accelerating its state presence all through the nation and investing in traditionally uncared for Afro-Colombian communities.
‘As longtime mates of Colombia, we write to precise our deep concern in regards to the latest homicide of 5 Afro-Colombian youngsters in Cali and a sequence of different mass killings, and to induce your authorities to hold out a radical investigation to make sure justice for the victims and their households,’ the members wrote to President Duque.
‘These and different latest murders spotlight the results of the continued lack of sufficient state presence in lots of elements of Colombia. The Cali homicide particularly reinforces the necessity for better funding in Afro-Colombian communities and serves as a reminder of the disproportionate affect of the nation’s continued civil battle on traditionally marginalized populations. Whereas we acknowledge Colombia’s progress during the last 20 years in lowering crime charges, strengthening its democratic establishments, and offering reparations to victims of human rights abuses, that progress has been unequal. With a view to construct on this progress in a extra equitable and sustainable method, it’s crucial that Colombia totally implements the 2016 peace accord and works proactively to guard social leaders, activists, and human rights defenders.
‘It’s important that the Colombian authorities perform an exhaustive investigation to convey the perpetrators of those latest massacres to justice,’ the members continued. ‘As members of Congress who’ve lengthy championed sturdy U.S.-Colombia relations, we urge your Administration to honor the reminiscence of those victims by redoubling efforts to spend money on and help Afro-Colombian communities all through the nation.’
Full textual content of the letter might be discovered here.
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