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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

Rampage against social leaders continues, president of peasant assosiation murdered

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Amidst the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed last November between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government, it seems that a paramilitary reconfiguration throughout the national territory continues to take place.

In compliance with the Peace Agreement all FARC-EP groups have moved into “Transitional Zones for Normalization” where they are preparing to reincorporate into social and legal life, regain their status as civilians, develop the laying of weapons process and solve their legal situation.

The aforementioned process has implied for the FARC-EP to leave areas where it has historically operated and the peasants left in these areas are being subject to a wave of violence by paramilitary groups that have moved into the territory.

On its part the Colombian State has been unable to reach these areas through institutions, welfare, schools, hospitals etc., and it has barely done it through the presence of official armed forces that have not done much to protect the lives of these peasant communities and social and political leaders of these regions. The basic element of any consolidated State is for it to protect the lives of its citizens.

The Colombian Government despite the callings from national and international organizations, human rights defenders, politicians and even groups of Members of the UK and Italian parliament, still denies the systemic aspect of these events or the recognition of these groups as paramilitary forces.

The following is the public and open statement of the Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest, a social organization that operates in the southwestern part of Colombia where many deaths and paramilitary action have been reported in the last months.

Also read "Colombia: Human Rights situation turns critical"


The Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest "Francisco Isaías Cifuentes" and the Human Rights Commission of the Political and Social Movement Marcha Patriotica denounce the murder of the president of the Association of Campesino Workers of Valle del Cauca-Astracava [...].

Last Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the Santa Rosa de Tapias district at the Alto Pomares village, at approximately 9:30 am, the mother of Mario Andrés Calle Correa heard gun shots and shouts for help; So she went out to see what was happening and found her son's body on the ground with the horse he was riding beside him and some bread that he was carrying laying on the ground.

The events occurred when Mario Andrés Calle Correa was returning home with his horse after delivering the milk he produced at his farm "Las Palmitas" and buying some loafs of bread. Mario Andres' lifeless body had three 9mm pistol-type gunshot impacts, "two in the head and one in the chest" according to the medical report.

Faced with the well-founded fear for the life and the integrity of the peasants of Guacarí and of the members of the social and peasant organizations mentioned above, the Colombian State, in charge of Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, is responsible as well as the Governor of the Valle del Cauca, in head of Dilían Francisca Toro; and Brigadier General Juan Vicente Trujillo Muñoz, Commander of the III Brigade of the National Army; for violations of the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) committed by members of irregular armed forces in the area of ​​operations of the military and police units they lead.

Therefore, it is required that the necessary measures leading to the clarification of the truth regarding the homicide of Mario Andrés Calle Correa and responsibility of the State regarding the rights to life, personal security, physical and psychological integrity, personal, family and home privacy, to the honor and reputation and free mobility of their family group and other members of the organizations mentioned that are being affected by the action of irregular armed forces in the area of ​​operations of military and police units of the Colombian State.

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