José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch, sent a letter to Antony Blinken, regarding his visit, and warned him that the human rights situation in Colombia is deteriorating. Faced with this situation, President Iván Duque was critical and stated that these are people who seek to “take advantage” of the official visit of the US Secretary of State. “He comes to work on an immigration agenda and with Colombia on different matters,” said Duque.
In addition to the meeting in which issues of bilateral interest will be addressed, the main focus of Antony Blinken’s visit to Colombia will be to address the problem of mass migration that affects the region. To that end, the Secretary of State of the United States will preside over the Ministerial Meeting on Migration in which 19 countries will participate (including Colombia and the United States). THE COLOMBIAN was able to establish that the foreign ministers of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru will be at said meeting, and he learned that one of the objectives of the ministerial meeting will be to find a joint method to contain the massive migration, which has the Colombian territory as a bottleneck. Prior to the meeting with the foreign ministers and the US secretary of state, the vice president and foreign minister, Marta Lucía Ramírez, assured that 2021 became a year with historical numbers of people who have crossed through Colombian territory to make their transit to the United States and Canada, which demonstrates the need to urgently address this problem that affects the region. “So far this year, the migrants who have passed through our territory have exceeded 91,000. We had the highest peak in 2016 with just 36,000 migrants. This shows us that there is an extraordinary increase in this migration and we know that this affects all transit countries, but also the destination countries: the United States and Canada, ”said Ramírez. In this context, the situation of massive migration of Venezuelan citizens who leave their country due to the social and economic crisis will be exposed, as well as the migration that comes from countries such as Haiti and Cuba, which has generated episodes of humanitarian crisis on the border between Colombia. and Panama, where massive groups of people have been dammed.