Ombudsman launches early warning for violence in Cali – Investigation – Justice

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The agency warned of the risks for the 21 communes and 15 districts of the capital of Valle del Cauca, and indicated that approximately 97 percent of the inhabitants face the risk.

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Precisely, among the threat factors that are reviewed is the monopoly that cartels of the drug trafficking, the presence of a hybrid armed conflict due to the combination of guerrillas, drug traffickers, gangs; also that Cali is a strategic center for the southwest of the country, which makes it attractive to criminal companies.

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It is also warned about massacres, of which 11 were registered in 2021; threats, of which at least 83 social leaders were victims between 2016 and 2021, and the Police registered 1,354 in 2021 alone.

In the same way, it is alerted by forced displacement, and it is stated that Cali is the third city that receives the most displaced persons in the country. In addition, 13 attacks, 8 kidnappings, and 499 extortions were counted in 2021; there is a risk of forced recruitment.

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The populations that are most at risk from all these risks, the agency reported, are minors, the migrant population, Afro-Colombians, indigenous communities, social leaders, students, and people in the process of reincorporation.

Finally, the Ombudsman included 40 recommendations in the early warning, addressed to various State entities, which seek to dissuade the threat context, the prevention of the events, and access to justice, among other purposes.

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