07-08-2013: Human Rights violations in Barranquilla, Colombia
?The Ombudsman of Colombia, Ot?lora Jorge Armando G?mez, warned about the serious risk of human rights violations to nearly 5000 residents of Barranquilla and the municipalities of Soledad, Malambo and Puerto Colombia, located in the department of Atlantic.
The most affected are traders, shopkeepers, drivers, women who sell gambling, human rights defenders, social leaders and the victims of forced displacement.
According to the report issued by the Ombudsman?s office, suspected members of illegal armed groups ?Los Rastrojos? and ?Los Urabe?os? threat, charge extortions, perform killings and bomb attacks against houses and shops, among other serious human rights violations. These criminal acts are committed especially by a faction of ?los Rastrojos?, called 'Los Coste?os'.
The report, which was handed over to the Ministry of Interior, recalled that during the first six months of this year, 145 homicides were registered in Barranquilla. However, if we take the entire metropolitan area, the figure rises to 254 homicides for the first seven months of the year.
For Ot?lora, those homicides resulting in dismembered and decapitated bodies are a particular matter of serious concern, for they cause a big social impact among the people.
On the 9th of July, for example, in the neighborhood of San Roque, the head of a man identified as Jose Luis Rodriguez Herrera was found. The victim worked at the marketplace since March 2013, after having been released from jail. Until today, the body of the victim hasn?t been found and the perpetrators are unknown.
04-08-2013: Homicides of human rights defenders increased 27%
Source: Report of www.somosdefensores.org
At first glance, the first six months of 2013 show positive results in the field of Human Rights: Attacks against human rights defenders were reduced by 5.6% compared to the same period in 2012 (there were 163 attacks in 2012 and 153 in 2013).
July 29, 2013: Colombia military murdered 3900 civilians to inflate effectiveness: Prosecution
?Source: www.colombiareports.com, by Marcus Sales
The Colombian army has executed more than 3,900 civilians to inflate its apparent success in the ongoing fight against leftist rebels, paramilitary groups and drug traffickers, the country?s Prosecutor General?s Office confirmed Monday.
?lvaro Uribe?s ?TwelveApostles?
Written by: Iv?n M?rquez, Member of the FARC Secretariat
The ones who have read The clan of the twelve apostles, the book written by Olga Behar, will have a deep-down certainty about the fact that Colombia?s presidency was managed for eight years by a ?purebred? paramilitary, not because of his horses, but because of his bloodthirsty instinct.