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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:39 PM


Colombia: Indigenous blame the FARC for leader’s death

BOGOTÁ, Colombia –The Association of Indigenous Councils of the Norte del Cauca (ACIN) blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for the killing of an indigenous leader in the municipality of Jambaló in the department of Cauca on Jan. 20.

In a prepared statement, the ACIN denounced the killing of Rafael Girón, a 32-year-old father of three, on the day the FARC’s unilateral ceasefire ended.

“As an indigenous group, we reject an absurd war that continually disrupts our families and violates our rights that are recognized by the national and international judicial order,” the statement said.

The statement added Girón had special protection from the government to guarantee “his life and personal integrity.”


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