ICC urged to probe Colombia killings
May 30 2012 at 07:02am
The Hague -
Rights organisations on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court to probe extra-judicial killings in Colombia, saying citizens were killed by the army and then passed-off as rebels.
The International Federation of Human Rights as well as the Colombia, Europe US Coordination “call on the ICC to open an investigation into crimes against humanity in Colombia” committed between 2002 and 2008, they said in a statement issued in The Hague.
The two non-governmental organisations on Tuesday released a report entitled: “Colombia: a war measured in litres of blood” in which they alleged the “systematic and widespread” extra-judicial executions of around 3,000 Colombian civilians.
The victims were then “presented as guerrillas killed in combat”, the report said, adding it was done to boost claims of success by the army in operations against Colombia's rebel and militia movements.