Weekly Report - 22 July 2021 (WR-21-29)

COLOMBIA: Police reform coincides with resumed protests

The reputation of Colombia’s security forces took a battering during the recent weeks of anti-government protests, which were met with widely documented police brutality. Seeking to stem a mounting tide of discontent, on 19 July President Iván Duque outlined a far-reaching reform that he said would “professionalise” the police, including a new disciplinary statute and an institution-wide focus on human rights. The announcement came ahead of the resumption of nationwide protests on 20 July after a six-week pause. How the security forces respond to these protests may be pivotal in determining whether the opposition succeeds in pushing for further reform.

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