Colombia’s ambassador to the UK, Noemi Sanin, defended her country’s human rights
records in British newspaper The Guardian, after Members of the British
Parliament “wholeheartedly” had welcomed the
suspension of aid to Colombia’s military in the same paper.
“Those MPs who signed your letter (7 May) travelled to Colombia as part
of a delegation with the sole purpose of ‘gathering information on
human and labour rights abuses’, as they are within every right to do
so. However, they ignore the advances we have made in protecting life,
promoting human rights, ensuring justice and fighting impunity,” the ambassador wrote.
According to Sanin, Colombia “reduced homicides by 49%, kidnappings by 85%, the number of victims of massacres by 75% and displacement by 47%” through the Democratic Security policy of the current administration of Alvaro Uribe.