Statement about situation in Colombia
From the GUE / NGL of the European Parliament, we want to make an urgent call to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to pronounce against the acts of violence that occurred on December 29th, 2017 in the Community of Peace of San José de Apartadó in Colombia, and ask her to urge the Colombian government to respond to the international community for the serious situation of violation of Human Rights in that country.
Specifically, the European Union is asked to publicly condemn the paramilitary attack that took place in the central settlement of San Josesito (Apartadó), in which several people were injured. According to complaints made by the Community, there was a criminal incursion by an armed commando that arrived with the explicit intention of assassinating the Legal Representative of the Community, Germán Graciano Posso.
The progressive intensification of threats has been denounced for weeks but there was no reaction or protection on the part of the State institutions, in this sense, it is urgent that the European Union declare itself before the serious situation of lack of protection before this community and so many others, which evidences the breach of the agreements.
In this situation, the undersigned, we demand a firm declaration from the High Representative and we call on the Colombian Government to carry out all relevant investigations to clarify these regrettable events.
Javier Couso Permuy
Paloma López Bermejo
Angela Vallina de la Noval