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Tue Nov 4, 2014, 06:03 PM

Colombia’s ombudsman warns for neo-paramilitary expansion

Colombia’s ombudsman warns for neo-paramilitary expansion
Nov 4, 2014 posted by Joel Gillin

Colombia’s Ombudsman announced on Tuesday that paramilitary successor groups are active in approximately 15% of the country’s national territory, spread out over 27 of 32 states.

The presence of these groups has been registered in some 168 municipalities throughout the country, as the Ombudsman tweeted Tuesday.

The criminal organizations are the successor groups of the infamous paramilitary organization known as the United Self-Defense Forces (AUC), which supposedly demobilized from 2003-2006 and was responsible for massive atrocities against civilians.

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The Ombudsman issued a warning over the rise in child sex exploitation and human trafficking, while also calling on the authorities to strengthen their operations to dismantle the criminal structures.

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The Ombudsman noted a recent attack from the Urabeños — officially called ” The Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces” — in the southwestern state of Nariño, in which a mother was shot dead in front of her six children, who were then relocated to a different state.

http://colombiareports.co/neo-paramilitaries-present-27-32-colombian-states-ombudsman/

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