Between the 15th and 20th July 1997 a group of one hundred men who formed part of the paramilitary group United Self-defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) arrived in Mapiripán (department of Meta) in order to commit once of the worst massacres that deeply scarred the history of this Colombian municipality, where it seemed the army was aware and because of this one of the Generals from the armed forces has been sentenced. Continue reading Twenty years since the Mapiripán massacre, twenty years of memory
Why do we have to stand in line?
Why are they taking us away? Where to?
They can´t take us by force
Oh God! We are not getting into that truck! If you want to kill us, do it here. Murderer!
This massacre took place on 16th May 1998 in Barrancabermeja (Santander), when highly armed paramilitaries murdered seven local inhabitants and disappeared another 25 people who had been taking part in a community fundraising event. Continue reading Barrancabermeja massacre
The Massacre of Trujillo refers to multiple and successive human rights violations committed between 1988 and 1994 in the municipalities of Trujillo, Bolivar, and Riofrio (Valle del Cauca), including enforced disappearances, torture and the murders of approximately 340 people at the hands of a coordinated criminal structure which included members of the Army, Police, local politicians and paramilitaries from the North Valle cartel. Continue reading Trujillo massacre
On 21st February 2005, eight people were murdered (five adults and three children) from the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, in a massacre carried out jointly by paramilitaries of the ‘Bloque Héroes de Tolová’ of the ‘Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia’ (AUC) and soldiers of the 17th Brigade of the National Army. Jorge Molano is the lawyer representing Colombian society in the case. Continue reading San José de Apartadó massacre