URGENT CALL TO ACTION: UN involvement in Colombia is desperately needed!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: UN involvement in Colombia is desperately needed!

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Protests began last week after the Colombian government proposed a tax reform aimed at paying down the country's debt, but critics argued the tax hikes -- like a proposed VAT increase on everyday goods -- would disproportionally impact middle and working classes and escalate inequality even more.

On Sunday, Colombian President Ivan Duque withdrew the tax plan, but large rallies have continued throughout the country in light of reports of deaths, sexual violence, the use of force and arbitrary detention during the protests.

The United Nations human rights office said it was "deeply alarmed" over violence against protesters in the Colombian city of Cali, where "police opened fire on demonstrators" and allegedly killed and injured several people Monday night. In its statement, the UN urged Colombia's government to protect the rights of protesters.

There have been 24 confirmed deaths so far, about half of which have been linked to police violence; some independent groups say the death toll is as high as 37. Colombia's Defensoría del Pueblo, its public ombudsman, has said 89 people were missing following the protests. International organizations, like the European Union and the U.N. human rights office, warned about the use of excessive force.

This now needs to be brought to the United Nations Security Council, as they hold the authority to help. The Colombian government has outright refused to protect their citizens, choosing to silence and brutalize them instead. This NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.

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