UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called for prompt investigation into the deaths of anti-government protestors in Colombia.
Colombian President Ivan Duque on Saturday deployed the military to “quell the unrest in Cali, the nation’s third largest city, which has been an epicenter for the protests.
As a result of the clashes, at least 14 people have been killed in Cali since Friday and 98 have been wounded. Some 54 of these injuries were caused by firearms, according to Bachelet’s office.
“These events are all the more concerning given the progress that had been made to resolve, through dialogue, the social unrest that erupted a month ago,” Bachelet said in a statement.
“It is essential that all those who are reportedly involved in causing injury or death, including State officials, are subject to prompt, effective, independent, impartial and transparent investigations and that those responsible are held accountable.”
She also called for the “fair trial and due process rights” of people detained during the clashes. The believes at least 30 people have been detained in Cali since Friday.