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Colombia: Civilian population is the target of massacres

, Index number: AMR 23/032/2004

The murder of 34 apparent "raspachines" (coca gatherers) on 15 June 2004 on the Río Chiquito farm in the La Gabarra area of the municipality of Tibú, department of Norte de Santander, which was attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and who have - according to press reports - claimed responsibility, is yet another example of the blatant disregard in which human rights and international humanitarian law are held by the armed groups, whether guerrilla, paramilitary or even government forces.

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