Patriotic March release new report on human rights violations in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 February 2017

The social and political organisation Patriotic March, which groups together over 2,000 civil society groups, have released a new report on human rights violations in Colombia. It states that thanks to the peace process deaths attributable to the armed conflict have been reduced to almost nil, there has been an increase of civil society victims attacked for their political activity.

The report, which covers the period from August 2016 to 29 January 2017, records 130 threats, 51 assassinations and a total of 138 other violations such as torture, forced disappearance and sexual violence committed by paramilitary groups. It also details 102 other violations committed by member of state security forces, including threats, abuse of authority, illegal arrests, smear tactocs and extrajudicial killings.

The worst departments of the country for human rights violations were Cauca, Antioquia, Choco and Valle del Cauca.

The report finds a direct link between human rights abuses and advances in the peace process, attributing the rise in threats and attacks against civil society and peace activists to those who are against the successful implementation of the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC.

The Patriotic March also pointed out the systematic failure to investigate these crimes, due to a widespread culture of impunity and an institutional response that has denied any political motives behind these crimes. They raise fears that another political genocide could occur - in the 1980s and 1990s 4,000 members of the left-wing political party the Patriotic Union were assassinated.

The report can be accessed in Spanish here.

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