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joe emersberger

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RE: Colombia's human rights abuses

Mr. Whitford:

Your article left out many crucial facts about the Uribe government's human rights record.

1) Uribe's military and paramilitary allies have perpetrated the vast majority of political murders according to mainstream groups like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and even the UN.[1]

2) The human rights record of Uribe's regime is among the worst in the world. Human RIghts Watch reported in 2008

"Colombia presents one of the worst human rights records in the world. At nearly three million, Colombia’s population of internally displaced persons is second only to that of Sudan."[2]

3) Profit is major motive for paramilitary atrocities Human Rights Watch reported in 2005

"“Colombia’s right-wing paramilitary groups are immeasurably powerful. Through drug trafficking and other illegal businesses, they have amassed enormous wealth. They have taken over vast expanses of the country’s territory to use for coca cultivation or as strategic corridors through which they can move drugs and weapons. In recent years, they have succeeded in expelling left-wing guerrillas and strengthening their own control of many parts of the country. And thanks to this power, they now exert a very high degree of political influence, both locally and nationally…..paramilitaries have historically enjoyed the collaboration, support, and toleration of units of the Colombian security forces, a fact that has led many to refer to the paramilitaries as a ‘sixth division’ of the army. Today, paramilitaries have made major gains in consolidating this impunity, along with their economic and political power, with the collusion of the Colombian government.” [3]

US multinationals have also profitted from, and financed, paramilitary violence [4]

4) Uribe's efforts to thwart the prosecution of his allies (and ultimately himself) for their involvement in atrocities prompted the ICC to directly question his government about it.[5]

Joe Emersberger


Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:20 pm
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