Traveling… 2010-2014 Congress
Mar 172010

I’m back from Europe as of last night and will resume “real” posting tomorrow; there’s a lot to say about last weekend’s legislative elections in Colombia.

In the meantime, here in two parts is Felipe Zuleta’s recent video about the “False Positives” scandal in the poor Bogotá suburb of Soacha. CIP Intern Cristina Salas added English subtitles to the content by Zuleta, a Colombian journalist who ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat on Sunday. Zuleta’s original unsubtitled Spanish videos are posted to YouTube here.

Part 1

Part 2

4 Responses to ““False Positives” video”

  1. iTube Says:

    Hello,
    the first video apparently doesn’t work, and the link to the original without subtitles apparently links to another video you already postes.
    thanks for the great job,
    iT

  2. How Will the Obama Administration React to the Consulate Murders in Mexico? | Latin America News Dispatch Says:

    [...] for International Policy has subtitled a short documentary by journalist Felipe Zuleta about the “false positives” scandal in Soacha, outside Bogotá, Colombia. The term “false positives” refers to people killed by the [...]

  3. Alvaro Hurtado Says:

    The videos are a good introduction and overview of the cases, giving particular and much needed attention to the human drama of the mothers of the victims and their other relatives. There is much value in that and it is definitely necessary to let their voices be heard because the state has done little or nothing for them.

    But they do an insufficient job, in strictly academic terms, by not putting these deaths in context of what has actually been a long tradition of military abuses and extra-judicial executions, which predates not only the current Minister of the Defense (one of the key reward directives that might have contributed to this tragic outcome was issued in 2005, before Santos had even assumed his post) but also the Uribe administration in general, as dozens of human rights reports available online can attest to.

    For one thing, the total number of investigations and reports, even if we limit ourselves to the circa ~2000 cases referenced at the end of the report, goes back at least five or six years. But the practice of dressing people up as guerrillas after killing them outside of combat is, sadly, far from a novelty of the current era. It is a historical reality that has only recently been given a fraction of the media attention it deserves. These are not the first “false positives” and they will not be the last, which isn’t something to celebrate but rather a sign of the structural nature of the horrors involved and a historically twisted military culture in need of absolute reform.

  4. A documentary on Colombia's false positives scandal | Lat/Am Daily Says:

    [...] incident was not an isolated one. The Council on Hemispheric Affairs has more. Many thanks to the Center for International Policy’s Colombia Program for adding the subtitles. (The original videos are available [...]

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