They call for the investigation of 80,455 enforced disappearances in Colombia, counted since 1958

The Orlando Fals Borda Collective has denounced 80,455 enforced disappearances in Colombia since 1958 and until 2016, when the peace accord was signed with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Of these disappearances, 8,288 are in the Los Llanos Orientales region, which includes the departments of Meta, Guaviare and Casanare, according to the organization that asked the Special Justice for Peace (JEP) to forcefully open a macro case for this area in the territorial location and under the alleged responsibility of state agents and paramilitary groups.

The JEP is the extraordinary judicial system established as a result of the peace agreement between the Colombian state and the defunct FARC guerrillas in 2016.

They call for the investigation of 80,455 enforced disappearances in Colombia, counted since 1958
They call for the investigation of 80,455 enforced disappearances in Colombia, counted since 1958

“The Meta department is the second most common nationality victim of forced disappearance with 5,280 victims, followed by the Guaviare department with 1,794 and the Casanare department with 1,215,” said a spokeswoman for the group, Carolina Hoyos, quoted by the Colombian public radio RNC.

In the report “Resistance to oblivion and impunity” the OFB collective and the social society for community counseling and training analyze 130 of these cases and highlight that the period with the highest disappearance rates in these three departments was between 2000 and 2009 .

The report identifies more than six military battalions and paramilitary groups, mainly the Bloques Centauros of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia and the Peasant Self-Defense Forces of Casanare.

“In addition to opening this macro-case, we demand that you articulate yourself as a state in the search for the missing persons and guarantee the participation of the victims Among other things, that there are clear mechanisms that allow spaces for the transition and reintegration of ex-combatants so that they can contribute together, ”added Hoyos.

One of the victims who worked on the study, Eulalia Luango Rodríguez, has expressed hope for results. “We hope the search unit can find our relatives as this is one of the ways we have included in the report to know where our relatives are. We are waiting for this light, ”he explained.

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