UN human rights agency condemns massacre of seven Colombian peasants

11 February 2005

The United Nations human rights agency has called on the Colombian authorities to investigate as soon as possible the massacre of seven peasants, including two minors, at the end of last month and punish those responsible for “this atrocious crime.”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the three men and four women were shot dead on 29 January in San Carlos municipality in Antioquia province, where the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), right-wing paramilitaries and army troops were active.

A woman and two babies were injured in the attack in which three men in green uniforms broke into a house and after asking for “the guerrilla weapons” opened fire, it added. It has not yet been established who was responsible.

“The Office calls on the authorities to adopt the necessary measures to protect the civilian population from the violence of illegal armed groups and to guarantee adequate reparations for the victims,” OHCHR said in a statement yesterday.


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