Paramilitarism Does Exist in Colombia: CINEP’s New Report Answers Government and Army Statements to the Contrary (S)
In its most recent report, the Center for Research and Popular Education (CINCEP) and the Program for Peace was titled: “Paramilitarism DOES exist (El paramilitarismo SI existe).” It’s a clear response to denials by the Government and the Public Force [Army], which, in the face of allegations of murders, threats and attacks on political leaders and human rights defenders, have maintained that they are not systematic cases but isolated events, repeating that paramilitarism is extinct . According to the data gathered by investigators, during 2016 paramilitary groups threatened 395 people, carried out 83 extrajudical executions, wounded 44, disappeared 9 and tortured 12.
CINEP’s database on human rights and political violence database, while registering a decline in the number of cases of human rights violations between 2015 and 2016, states that it is, “difficult to say that there has been an improvement in the situation with respect to rights of Colombians and the increase in violence for political reasons is striking.” In total, in 2016, more than 2,600 cases of human rights violations were filed against the Public Force, the authorities, unidentified perpetrators and paramilitary groups. El Espectador