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    The UN celebrates Colombia’s strategy to seal peace although it calls to protect the population

    Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia – CRISTIAN BAYONA / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

    The interim United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada al Nashif, has stated that she “optimistically follows” the new Colombian government’s strategy of seeking “total peace” and its commitment to implement the agreement signed with the FARC in 2016 and the recommendations of the report of the Truth Commission.

    “My office is ready to support these efforts,” Al Nashif assured in a speech on Monday in which he made a veiled allusion to the future negotiating framework with the ELN guerrillas.

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    In addition, it has urged the government of Gustavo Petro to take measures to protect the population and human rights defenders from “increasing levels of violence” by non-state armed groups and criminal organizations.

    The head of the UN has also recalled that the Human Rights Office will continue to report to the Human Rights Council on the status of the peace agreement in relation to these rights.

    Likewise, Al Nashif has expressed that the office welcomes the announcement of the reform of the security sector and the change of drug policy to a social and public health approach, instead of the punitive one that there was until now.

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    Source: Europa Press


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