The Puebla Group today expressed its concern about the opening of some control bodies such as the Attorney General's Office and the Attorney General's Office to open processes against opposition figures in Colombia.
In a statement, the progressive alliance warned of several processes against parliamentarians, governors and mayors of that nation, who are in opposition to the government of President Iván Duque, such as congressmen Iván Cepeda, María José Pizarro, Alexander López and Wilson Arias.
Also on that list are the presidential candidates Sergio Fajardo and Gustavo Petro, the governors Carlos Caicedo and Aníbal Gaviria, and the former governor and candidate Camilo Romero.
"In different ways and within the framework of the rule of law, these leaders have criticized the government or have expressed their support, sympathy or solidarity with the legitimate and recent demonstrations and protests known as the national strike," said the Group, to which they belong to political and intellectual figures from 16 countries.
Likewise, it specified that this type of conduct corresponds to a form of judicialization of politics (lawfare) that converts actions inherent to the free exercise of democracy into judicial processes, ignoring, in the Colombian case, the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice on guarantees. to social protest.
The Group, of which two incumbent presidents and several former presidents are part, made a respectful but energetic call to the Colombian authorities to resort to broad and plural social dialogue and to offer the guarantees of those who, in use of their right enshrined in the Constitution, they exercise the opposition.
On the other hand, he asked his Latin American Council for Justice and Democracy (Clajud) to set up a team made up of former magistrates and human rights defenders, to carry out the necessary follow-up so that permanently and until the next elections in 2021, the protection, freedom and rights of the opposition in Colombia.
The statement is signed by several personalities, including the Group's founder and former Colombian president, Ernesto Samper, and other former presidents such as Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) and Fernando Lugo (Paraguay).