Families of Protesters Killed in Colombia Face Long Wait for Justice

9/14/2021

Since 2019, a series of demonstrations against President Ivan Duque's unpopular government have led to more than 40 civilian deaths, according to government figures. Victims' families, their lawyers, and human rights groups say many of the deaths are driven by heavy-handed policing.

Though the army has a long record of rights abuses and unlawful killings during Colombia's six decades of civil conflict, urban police forces were until recently widely thought of as better-trained and more professional.

Despite international outcry, including from the United Nations and European Union, and assurances from Duque those responsible would be brought to justice, only one police officer has so far been detained, under house arrest, for the killings during protests a year ago.

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