News

UN urges Colombia to attend security crisis in Pacific port city

posted by Adriaan Alsema
UN urges Colombia to attend security crisis in Pacific port city

(Photo: United Nations)

FacebookLinkedInTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUpontumblrEmail

The United nations on Friday urged Colombia to effectively attend a year-long public security crisis caused by drug trafficking groups in the Pacific port city of Buenaventura.

The representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, Todd Howland, visited the city a year after first alerting authorities about a waging war between national neo-paramilitary organizations Los Urabeños and local crime syndicate La Empreza, who reportedly are supported by “Los Rastrojos,” a group that emerged from the now-defunct Norte del Valle cartel.

MORE: Drug War Terrorizes Colombian Port City

Having found little improvement, Howland and Colombia Ombudsman Jorge Armando Otalora called on national, state and municipal authorities to “agree to urgent measures in order to end the violence” that has displaced thousands and cost the lives of 145 since the beginning of the year.

MORE: Situation Worsens In Pacific Colombian Port City

On Twitter, the UN called particularly on the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office, the Inspector General’s Office and the Comptroller’s Office to visit the city and attend the ongoing public security crisis in the city of approximately 300,000 inhabitants.


Buenaventura is Colombia’s largest port city and located on the country’s Pacific coast. The city is considered of great importance for criminal organizations using the port for the import of contraband and the export of drugs.

Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca

Sources

About the author

avatar

Adriaan Alsema is the founder and editor-in-chief of Colombia Reports. Born and raised a Dutchman, Adriaan has been living in Colombia since 2008.

User Name: Adriaan Alsema

Comments are closed.

Sponsors

Subscribe to Newsletter

Sponsors

Sponsors

Connect On Facebook

Sponsors

Colombia Reports on Twitter

Sponsors

Sponsors

Sponsors