The OAS regretted this Sunday the murders of at least eight social activists and ex-guerrillas in the process of reincorporation in Colombia, carried out last week despite the health emergency unleashed by COVID-19.
The Organization of American States (MAPP / OEA) Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia repudiated the execution of Carlota Salinas, in southern Bolívar; Marco Rivadeneira, in Putumayo; Ángel Ovidio Quintero, in Antioquia; Omar and Ernesto Guasimura, Emberá indigenous from Valle del Cauca, and three people in the process of reincorporation in Meta.
“In these difficult hours, we reiterate the demand that the illegal armed groups cease all kinds of damage against the civilian population, infrastructure, and the environment,” the MAPP / OEA requested in a statement.
In addition, the Colombian State must multiply prevention and protection measures for social leaders and the civilian population that inhabits areas heavily impacted by violence and inequality, acknowledging their concern and the various initiatives implemented in this regard to date, the inter-American mission estimated. .
National, regional and local governments must expand measures to prevent and counteract the effects of the virus, urged MAPP and required that authorities have resources and actions available to attend to populations vulnerable both by the virus and by the effects of violence and inequality.
The armed groups operating in Colombia, in addition, must respect the integrity of medical, health, and humanitarian personnel, whether in the public or private sector, who work tirelessly to face the health emergency, the OAS mission said.
“This is a cry from Colombian society and the international community,” added MAPP.
In addition, he called on Colombian society as a whole to join in prioritizing peaceful coexistence, the collective good, solidarity and respect for fundamental rights in the face of challenges in the country due to the violence and spread of the virus.
URGENT FOR MORE INFORMATION IN BOLIVIA
Official information on the limitations of the health system in Bolivia to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is scarce, the Ombudsman’s Office accused this Sunday.
The government of Jeanine Áñez has little detailed the acquisition of mechanical respirators, the number of intensive care units available, the provision of reagents and supplies to detect or test COVID-19 or the projection of infections in the national territory, lamented the agency. it’s a statement.
The government is not being clear to the population and its information is limited regarding policies for prevention, containment, treatment and transition to the pandemic, reproached Nadia Cruz, head of the Ombudsman’s Office.
“The information provided is descriptive and has an impact on communicating, basically, the daily increase in cases,” added the defender, which not only limits Bolivians’ right to information, but also the right to health, since the Lack of data creates confusion among people and implies a lack of foresight for the disease.
The Ombudsman recalled that Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), assured that countries with weaker health systems carry a higher risk before COVID-19, among which they identified Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Nicaraga, Honduras, Guatemala, Suriname Guyana, Haiti, and other Caribbean islands.
COLLAPSE IN THE SYSTEM
Nadia Cruz warned that the ability to respond to the coronavirus could lead to the collapse of hospitals in a relatively short time, which will not be enough to implement alternative spaces to house patients affected by the virus.
“We must be aware that the demand of the population exceeds the installed capacity in hospitals nationwide, so it is urgent that the government enable spaces, increase the number of beds and health personnel,” said Cruz.
“The government must ensure the protection of medical and health personnel who are dealing with coronavirus in the country, and urgently provide the biosecurity equipment and supplies necessary to care for the health of these professionals.”
Furthermore, Cruz estimated, it is essential that the national government and the departmental authorities coordinate prevention and control actions to comply with the population measures and restrictions necessary to contain the virus.
“In addition, consider the organic structure of the nations and indigenous peasant indigenous peoples through a horizontal dialogue where information on content prevails and not only threats on latent consequences,” the Ombudsman said.