IACHR CONDEMNS KIDNAPPING OF ANTIOQUIA GOVERNOR
The Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR) condemns the kidnapping of the Governor of the department of
Antioquia, Guillermo Gaviria and of his peace advisor and ex-Minister of
Defense, Gilberto Echeverry. The
two men were kidnapped on Sunday April 21, 2002 in the aforementioned
department of Colombia.
The IACHR expresses its most absolute repudiation and condemnation of
the kidnapping perpetrated by FARC, during the course of an initiation
carried out by the Governor to bring peace and reconciliate in the town of
Caicedo. The Commission recalls
yet again that kidnapping and the taking of hostages is a serious violation
of international law.
Washington D.C., April 25, 2002