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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 12:19 PM
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Colombia suffers resounding loss in Mapiripan massacre case
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Colombia suffers resounding loss in Mapiripan massacre case
Friday, 25 November 2011 09:12
Miriam Wells

Colombia must pay damages to all victims and alleged "false victims" of a 1997 massacre, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) said Thursday.

The IACHR denied the state's request to revoke a 2009 ruling requiring the government to pay compensation to victims of the atrocity, in which paramilitaries used chainsaws and machetes to murder villagers in Mapiripan, Meta department, in collaboration with the Colombian army.

The court said evidence provided by the government regarding "false victims" - people originally thought to have died in the massacre but later discovered to have died in other circumstances or still be alive - was "incomplete" and "illegible".

It blamed the Colombian government for all inconsistencies in the case, stating, "The Tribunal notes that in reality doubts exist around how these people died or disappeared, according to the conclusions of the (Colombian) Prosecutor General. Nonetheless, the Court points to the precise characteristics of the massacre and the inefficiency of the (state's) internal investigations, established in the sentence itself, in which they failed to fully identify victims."

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 12:22 PM
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The Massacre at Mapiripn
By Jo-Marie Burt April 3, 2000

In July 1997, the paramilitary group known as the United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC) went on a grisly killing spree in Mapiripn, a small coca-growing town in southeastern Colombia. According to eyewitness accounts, the paramilitaries hacked their victims to death with machetes, decapitated many with chainsaws and dumped the bodiessome still aliveinto the Guaviare River. At least 30 people were killed, though the true number of dead may never be known. Carlos Castao, the self-anointed leader of the AUC, immediately and unabashedly took credit for the massacre.
But Castao did not act alone. Human rights observers immediately noted the complicity of the Colombian armed forces in the Mapiripn massacre. The paramilitaries used an army-guarded airstrip to land from their stronghold in northern Colombia and from which to launch their attack. Nor did the authorities respond to repeated calls by a local judge to stop the attack, which lasted six consecutive days.

Evidence later emerged suggesting that the role of the Colombian military in the massacre was in fact much deeper, and in March 1999 Colombian prosecutors indicted Colonel Lino Snchez, operations chief of the Colombian Armys 12th Brigade, for planning, with Castao, the Mapiripn massacre. This is not surprising, given that the links between paramilitaries and the Colombian army have been well established. According to a February Human Rights Watch report, half of the Colombian Armys 18 brigades have clear links to paramilitary groups.

In recent weeks, new evidence obtained by Ignacio Gmez of the Bogot daily El Espectador, suggests that weeks, if not days, before the Mapiripn massacre, Colonel Snchez received special training by U.S. Army Green Berets on Barrancn Island, on the Guaviare River. While it cannot be said that U.S. forces were directly involved in the massacre, or even knew that it was being planned, the events offer compelling evidence that U.S. equipment, training and money can be easily turned to vile purposes in what Human Rights Watch has called a war without quarter.

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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 12:27 PM
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2. I would suggest that, given our history south of the border, our training and money do not need to
"turned" to vial purposes. The School of the American demonstrates vile intent openly.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 05:03 PM
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