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REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA:
SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED IN CAUCA, COLOMBIA

Update info:
15 Jul 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA
Subject:
unidentified
Gender m/f: all Male
Period:
17 Aug 2018
Distribution date:
15 Jul 2018
UA No:
128/2018

Seven bodies, all male, were found piled on a road of the municipality of Argelia, in the southwest region of Cauca, Colombia. The bodies are being identified by authorities as they were presumably not from the municipality. In the past few weeks, paramilitary groups have been circulating pamphlets threatening to kill certain groups of people.

On 3 July, the inhabitants of the rural area of the municipality of Argelia, Cauca in the south-western region of Colombia, found seven bodies on a road. The bodies were reported to have been shot at point blank range with visible signs of torture and other ill-treatment. On 5 July, the authorities were able to identify six of the seven bodies, two of which were registered ex-combatants from the demobilized guerrilla group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

Amnesty International has received reports from the Displaced Afrodescendant Association (AFRODES) that pamphlets from  two paramilitary groups have been circulated in the past weeks, in which the two groups warn they will “eliminate” robbers, rapist, and gossipers, and those from outside the municipality were declared “military targets”.

The people of Argelia are scared as this might be a warning of future violent acts. They reported the presence of various armed groups in the area, dissident groups that did not participate in the Peace Agreement, paramilitary groups and criminal gangs believed to be involved in drug trafficking; the municipality of Algeria is identified as a drug trafficking activity corridor.

Take action

Please write immediately in Spanish, English or your own language calling on the authorities to:

  • Order a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the killing of the seven people found in Argelia, Cauca;
  • Dismantle paramilitary groups, in accordance with the government’s express commitments and with recommendations made by international bodies and recommendations from Amnesty International;
  • Provide protection to the community, ensuring that acts of violence are not repeated and that their human rights are respected.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 17 AUGUST 2018 TO:
President
Señor Juan Manuel Santos
Presidente de la República
Palacio de Nariño, Carrera 8 No.7-26
Bogotá, Colombia
Correo: contacto@presidencia.gov.co
Salutation: Dear President Santos / Excmo. Sr. Presidente Santos

General Prosecutor’s Office
Nestor Humberto Martínez 
Fiscal General de Colombia 
Diagonal 22B No. 52-01 - Bogotá, D. C. 
E-mail: despacho.fiscal@fiscalia.gov.co
Salutation: Estimado Señor Fiscal

And copies to:

diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.