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Political violence in Colombia: myth and reality

Since 1986, over 20,000 people have died in political violence in Colombia. The government blames most of the political killing on drug-traffickers and guerrilla organizations. However, evidence suggests that the security forces are responsible for most political killings. This report describes...
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“Disappearances” and political killings: human rights crisis of the 1990s – a manual for action (pre-publication version): Chapter C-3: Colombia: Strategies for evading accountability

This report examines the rise of assassinations and “disappearances” and the proliferation of “death squads” and paramilitary organizations. These groups, initially formed to combat counter-insurgency, acted with impunity against not only guerrillas, but civilians suspected of sympathizing with the...