After the local community denounced that among the 11 people reported killed in a military operation by the Army, events that occurred in Alto Remanso, Puerto Leguízamo Putumayo, where civilians, community and indigenous leaders had lost their lives, the UN indicated that it will follow up to the facts and called the authorities to investigate and clarify what happened.
“We call on the authorities to investigate and clarify what happened, guaranteeing rights to due process and access to justice,” the organization said.
According to the community, the civilians were in a fund-raising bazaar to fix the village roads in their corregimiento.
Regarding the complaint, Defense Minister Diego Molano maintained that the military operation was “legitimate” and that the people reported as murdered were coca growers.
UN reports a 621% one year increase on Colombia’s violence. Nearly 13,000 people have been displaced, while 48,000 people are on a situation of confinement
According to a report by the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations (UN), in the first two months of 2022 at least 274,000 people in Colombia were affected by violence, which represents an increase of 621 percent compared to the same period of 2021.
The agency’s report states that nearly 13,000 people have been displaced, while 48,000 people are in a situation of confinement, which means an increase of 394 percent compared to the same period of time last year.
Of that total of people in a situation of confinement, 87 percent are in the northwestern department of Chocó, one of the regions most affected by armed conflicts.
The Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz) of Colombia revealed that 48 social leaders have been assassinated in the first quarter of the year, which means an increase of six compared to the same period in 2021.
The Ombudsman’s Office has also had to issue at least five early warnings due to the situation of forced displacement.
So far, there have been 27 massacres with 94 victims so far 2022, compared to 23 and 84 in 2021, respectively.
Between January 1 and March 30, 2022, 11 murders of signatories of the 2016 peace agreement have been registered, three less than in the same period of 2021.
“Most of the effects derived from armed conflicts and violence reached (2021) the highest level of the last five years,” according to figures handled by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia.