Colombia Authorities Admit to 50,000 Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 October 2010

Photographs of some of Colombia's tens of thousands of disappeared people

Photographs of some of Colombia's tens of thousands of disappeared people

Colombia’s national ombudsman has admitted to reporters that nearly 50,000 people are currently registered as disappeared in the country putting Colombia at the number one spot in the world for the crime of disappearances. According to Andres Pena, the director of the National Search Commission of the Ombudsman’s office the context in Colombia is particularly difficult given that most countries deal with the issue in a post-conflict scenario whilst in Colombia the war is ongoing.

Whilst Mr Pena said that it was “principally paramilitaries” responsible for the disappearances, he blamed an “important part” of the cases registered on agents of the State. However, the Colombian Commission of Jurists recently stated that “public functionaries are compromised in one way or another in around 97% of the disappearances.”



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