Colombia: Demonstrations

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th March 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that protestors who have occupied an oil production installation in Caqueta in Colombia have detained 79 police officers.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Now that the dispute has been resolved and hostages released following dialogue between the Colombian authorities and protestors, President Petro has called for an investigation into the deaths of two people. We agree with President Petro that dialogue is essential to resolve these types of confrontation. Colombia remains a UK Human Rights Priority Country and we have provided longstanding support through our Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme to support at risk-Human Rights Defenders, and to help tackle the root causes of conflict and violence. We have also been clear that we support the right of all Colombians to protest peacefully.

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