Colombia, Stop Murdering the Homeless in the Name of Social Cleansing!

  • by: Concerned Citizens of the World
  • recipient: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, Colombian Minister of Defense Rodrigo Rivera Salazar, and Colombian National Police General Director Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo

Death squads and social cleansing have been a large part of Colombia’s past. Unfortunately, they are still a part of Colombia’s present: the government is using police groups and parts of the military to exterminate people that are considered to be socially unwanted, such as the homeless.

According to a documentary done by VBS.TV, the homeless are forced to hide in sewers to escape the death squads. These sewers, however, do not provide much protection as militia groups have been known to ignite the sewers with gasoline, trapping and killing those below. Many of these homeless people are children and adolescents who have been living on the streets for years. With no support and no other options, these people’s lives are at risk every single day.

Tell the President of Colombia, the Minister of Defense and the National Police Director that the social cleansing occurring in Colombia is unacceptable and must stop!

We the undersigned, demand that the social cleansing occurring against vulnerable citizens stop immediately. Every person is valuable and deserves a chance to live. Eliminating people based on their economic situation is against their human rights and must be stopped. The military, militia groups or police should not be allowed to kill innocent civilians at their discretion and at will.

Please protect your citizens as they are all valuable and deserve to live.

Thank you.

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