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Tue Sep 30, 2014, 05:21 PM

Colombia peace talks suffer from ‘humanitarian void': NGO

Colombia peace talks suffer from ‘humanitarian void': NGO
Sep 30, 2014 posted by Joel Gillin

The peace process between the FARC and the Colombian government suffers from a lack of credibility and a “humanitarian void,” citing the lack of a ceasefire and continued violations of human rights by neo-paramilitary successor groups, according to a prominent conflict-monitoring NGO.

Camilo Gonzalez, president of the Institute for the Study of Development and Peace (Indepaz), told Colombia Reports that the government needs to “reach accords and commitments regarding human rights and a ceasefire so that the population can give credibility to the peace process.”

These comments come in the wake a recent study that attributed 43% of the human rights violations in Colombia in 2013 to the state, while paramilitary successor groups were allegedly responsible for 44% of the violations.

MORE: State, ‘paramilitaries’ responsible for most of Colombia’s human rights violations: Report

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Gonzalez said the publication of these numbers by the Center for Research and Public education (CINEP), a conflict analysis NGO, was important in order to alert the government of “the need of the armed forces to decisively respect the civilian population.”


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Tue Sep 30, 2014, 05:31 PM

1. Here's something most people know, and fascists ignore.

From the article:

According to the CINEP report, around 11% of the human rights violations in Colombia are committed by the FARC. The worst offenders, paramilitary successor groups, are not participating in the talks.

More than 30,000 members of Colombia’s paramilitaries participated in a demobilization process between 2003 and 2006 during the administration of Alvaro Uribe. According to Human Rights Watch, however, many participants were not actually members, and many of the paramilitary simply regrouped and formed successor groups, now called “BaCrim” (“bandas criminales,” or criminals bands) by the government.

These groups, along with state forces, are the primary violators of human rights in Colombia.

Very, very sad. Our corporate "news" sources go out of their way to completely avoid mentioning this colossal piece of REALITY.

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