The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet voiced her “deep concern” at recent events in the Colombian city of Cali that include reports of several deaths and violence.
In a statement published on Sunday, she called for an end to all forms of violence, including vandalism, and said that only dialogue can resolve the demands of different groups involved in the current national strike.
Her Office received reports indicating that, since 28 May, fourteen people have died, and 98 people have been injured in Colombia.
According to some reports, in parts of the city Cali, private individuals fired shots at demonstrators in the presence of police officers, the High Commissioner said.
Ms. Bachelet stressed that only dialogue could resolve the demands of different groups, both those who are taking part in demonstrations and those opposed to the protests.
“I welcome the commitment voiced by several actors, in Cali, and at the national level, to find a negotiated and peaceful solution to the social unrest through talks,” she stressed.