COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONDEMNS
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns a series of acts of violence, attributed to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), against the civilian population in various areas of Colombia. These incidents over the past four weeks have involved, among others, incendiary and firearms attacks on vehicles used for public transportation or the delivery of provisions, bomb attacks on rural dwellings, the killing of municipal council members, and the murder of a former indigenous governor and his wife. They have resulted in the deaths of dozens of men, women, and children.
The killing of defenseless civilians violates the most basic rules of international humanitarian law and international criminal law. In view of the information available about the circumstances in which the aforementioned crimes were allegedly committed, the Commission reiterates its condemnation of the acts of violence perpetrated by the parties to the armed conflict with a view to terrorizing the civilian population, in violation of international law, and is confident that the State will take all necessary measures to investigate the facts and prosecute and punish those responsible.
Washington, D.C., April 6, 2006