APPEAL OF THE WOMEN OF RUTA PACIFICA TO ALL OUR SISTERS: WOMEN IN BLACK, FEMINISTS AND PACIFISTS OF THE WORLD, TO PROTECT LIFE AND STOP THE BLOODSHED IN COLOMBIA
Bogotá, May 7, 2021.
We call from sorority and sisterhood to each of the feminist women, pacifists of the world, to our sisters of Women in Black, to the international networks of which we are part, to our international allies in the construction of peace.
Colombia is going through a serious human rights situation since April 28, 2021, when the people decided to use their right to protest and social mobilization as a tool from civility to demand the government of President Duque to repeal tax and health reforms that are detrimental to human rights and deepen the inequality gaps for women, girls, and their communities, already severely impacted by a year of pandemic. For the fulfillment of the Peace Accords and the closing of existing unemployment, education, and health gaps.
Today, May 4, we have a wounded, pained, and polarized country. In the last days there have been more than 1,400 cases of police violence in the country, 26 people have lost their lives and there have been 216 violent interventions by the security forces and 9 victims of sexual violence at the hands of the same (Temblores.mayo4-2021) among many other aggressions to the human rights of people, especially young people who make use of their right to mobilization and social protest.
In particular, the city of Cali is being victim of a disproportionate response of the public forces and is submerged in an intentional chaos that seeks to legitimize the use of militarization as a response to the ineffectiveness of a deaf government, mute before the people who elected it, who has the constitutional duty to protect them and ensure that the laws are complied with, and decides as a policy to repress social protest, militarize civilian life and propose laws that are detrimental to the lives of the population with the well-known excuse of the common good and the protection of the people, contrary to the constitution and the framework of human rights.
From the sorority and civility, we ask you to:
Speak out against this situation of violation of human rights, to strongly reject this violence, and urge the cessation of excessive use of public force as a tool for the management of social protest, by sending letters to the Colombian Foreign Ministry and the Colombian embassies in your countries.
Ask your governments and leaders to take a political stance and send a strong message to the government of President Duque of NO acceptance of this type of policies.
Ask your legislators to suspend or condition military aid to Colombia to its army and police to comply with human rights and the constitution, as well as the investigation and punishment of those responsible for these acts and violations of human rights.
Join us on social networks and retweet all our messages and campaigns to protect life and denounce violations of women’s rights. Let the violent and the lords of war and violence know that we are not alone, that you protect us from afar.
TODAY MORE THAN EVER, WE WOMEN REITERATE THAT WE DO NOT GIVE BIRTH TO SONS AND DAUGHTERS FOR WAR OR VIOLENCE
FOR WAR AND VIOLENCE NOTHING
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