GAO report is out Off for a few days
Nov 062008
  • 535: The number of civilians allegedly killed by the Colombian military between January 2007 and June 2008, according to a new report by the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination Group, a network comprising most of Colombia’s most prominent non-governmental human rights organizations. From the report:

That means that during those 18 months, one person lost his or her life every day, a victim of an extra­judicial execution. That is almost twice the number of events recorded during the period from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2007 (when 1,122 cases of extra­judicial execution were recorded, representing one victim every other day) and three times the number recorded during the period before the current government took possession, that is to say, the period from January 1997 to June 2002 (when 669 cases were recorded, representing one victim every three days).

  •  At least 11: The number, of the twenty-seven army officers fired last week for their apparent involvement in extra-judicial executions, who attended the U.S. Army School of the Americas or its successor, the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), according to the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

8 Responses to “Two numbers”

  1. Marcos Says:

    Considering Colombia has a much larger and much more active armed forces now than in the past, and that’s a good thing for those of us who prefer a weak FARC and not the opposite, it’s to be expected that there would be more abuses in absolute terms. But those abuses are still only a fraction of all the operations the military has conducted, and the reported numbers may be affected by increased media and NGO attention, compared to how it was in other times.

    As for the officers who were either involved in those abuses or at least failed to prevent or correct them, which isn’t the same thing but people are pretending it is, I don’t think this is the fault of the WHINSEC training alone.



  2. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Marcos, let me tell you straight up: you are a godamn SOB. :mrgreen:

  3. E Says:

    Good comeback Jaimecito. I suppose when you don’t have much in the way of substance to say you resort to bullying. I guess that is the true spirit of constructive blogging, no? I’m anxious to see how you’ll attack me for these comments or will you remain silent in shame?

  4. Sergio Méndez Says:


    Just in numbers..the colombian army has killed in one year almost as many people the FARC have actually kidnaped. And you still pretend that is a small number of people? It is extremely serious

  5. Jaime Bustos Says:


    Why do you stare, do you think that I care? You’ve been misled by those thoughts in your head. Your words waste and decay, nuthin you say reaches my ears anyway. :mrgreen:

  6. Marcos Says:

    I agree with E.

    Sergio Méndez: At least I am not trying to reduce FARC kidnapping numbers like you are.



  7. Jaime Bustos Says:


    You are a really stupid fellow.



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