- 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-UnitedÂ StatesÂ CoordinationÂ 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 extraÂjudicial 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 extraÂjudicial 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).
- Â 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.