The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, asked Colombians on Thursday to spare no effort to make the peace agreement in the South American country work.
UN indicates that 78 human rights activists were killed in Colombia in 2021
Guterres’ request comes amid the wave of violence that Colombia is going through, which for the UN secretary endangers the pact signed between the Government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP).
Although “it is not too late to reverse this trend, much more sustained and effective actions will be required” for the agreement to be successful, assured António Guterres in the latest quarterly report on the progress of the UN mission in Colombia.
Guterres warned that if the levels of violence persist, the opportunity to advance in the peace process could be closed.
According to human rights organizations, since the signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, 303 ex-combatants have been assassinated, including 10 women.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) documented 56 large-scale murders with 222 victims during 2021.
The UN Observation Mission in Colombia has verified that “threats from illegal armed groups against ex-combatants who participate in collective initiatives” are increasing.
Faced with this situation, António Guterres asked the Government and state entities to “spare no effort in the comprehensive implementation” of the agreement.