Colombia: Repression and Assassinations Continue

Published December 22, 2019

Colombia: Repression and Assassinations Continue

On Wednesday December 18, FARC veteran prisoners, detained in courtyard 4 of La Picota prison in Bogotá, published a series of demands in which they asked to be released in accordance with the amnesty negotiated under the agreement. of peace.

More than 600 FARC remain, indeed, locked up in this prison and are threatened with transfers towards a prison foreign to that concerned by these same agreements. These prisoners were reportedly tortured multiple times.

The Joint Alternative Revolutionary Force (the political party from the FARC which surrendered) recognizes only 171 of these prisoners. The rest were reportedly removed from the amnesty lists.

Assassinations Continue Against Demobilized Fighers

On Saturday December 21, Ender Elías Ravelo , a former demobilized FARC guerrilla, was assassinated in a commercial establishment located in the Santander district of the municipality of Tibú (in the north of the Santander department).

The assassins arrived on a motorcycle and one of them opened fire on the guerrilla, his wife and a friend of the couple.

The assassinations of the demobilized former FARC have been common in the country since the peace agreements of 2016.

This year alone there have been more than 60 such murders.