Guarantees for the opposition in Colombia
In the face of the attack suffered in the city of Cúcuta on Friday, March 2nd by Gustavo Petro, presidential candidate for "Colombia Humana" while preparing himself to attend a gathering in the central plaza and the murder of one of his followers in the region of Guapi and in the face of the violence against Rodrigo Londoño, presidential candidate of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, and the murder of more than 50 of the members of this movement and 13 of their relatives, the Working Group for Latin America of the Party of the European Left demands immediate guarantees for the political opposition in Colombia.
The European Union and the member states cannot again passively observe how Colombia's right to exercise political opposition is violated.
The European Union and the member states cannot remain complicit in the face of the recent report of the Colombian Ombudsman who just announced that 282 defenders of human rights and social and environmental rights have been murdered since January 1st, 2016 , with a great escalated of the murders in the first two months of 2018, simply because they oppose the neoliberal agenda, because they denounce corruption, because they claim essential rights. The dimension of this massacre, its systematic nature, and the impunity enjoyed by the murderers show that there is complicity on the part of central instances of the State at a very high level.
The European Union and the member states cannot remain complicit in the face of the fact that the Colombian government has not complied with 18.5% of the Peace Agreements, while the ones who handed over the weapons and have opted for peace are been killed.
The Party of the European Left expresses its full solidarity with those who fight in Colombia for justice, social rights, and respect for the environment. Reminds the European Commission and the member states that human rights and democracy are fundamental parts of the multilateral free trade agreement between the European Union, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, and demands that they be respected, or that provisional application be suspended of the agreement.
Urges the European Union and the member states to put pressure on the Government of Colombia within the framework of its bilateral relations and within the framework of the United Nations to comply with its democratic obligations, in terms of human rights and with the obligations arising from the Peace process.
It also urges all the member parties of the European Left to act in this same direction.