Man and 5 year-old Daughter Reported Disappeared in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 16 January 2012

MOVICE, the National Victims’ Movement has reported the disappearance of Fernando Riascos and his 5 year-old daughter, following a protest vigil outside the Attorney-General’s offices in Bogota in September last year.

Mr Riascos was widowed following the killing of his wife in 2008 by army troops. Soldiers shot Zenaida Luguizamon Mora on September 26th 2008, and subsequently refused her medical treatment which led to her death 9 hours later. The killing occurred in Guerima, Vichada department, from where Mr Riascos was forced to displace a month later as a result of his efforts to denounce the assassination of his wife.

Since then he has lived in Bogota with his two daughters, in extreme poverty and as an active member of MOVICE in Cundinamarca province. As a result of this work in 2009 he again received death threats which forced his temporary displacement.

On September 24th 2011 Mr Riascos told MOVICE members that he planned to carry out a commemorative protest vigil at the doors of the Bogota Attorney General’s Office on the anniversary of his wife’s killing two days later. He and his 5-year old daughter have not been heard from since.

Accordingly, MOVICE requested that the Human Rights Unit of the Attorney General’s Office spark its Urgent Search mechanism, which has returned no results. MOVICE has requested that the Colombian government and the Attorney General’s Office to carry out all the necessary measures in order to find Mr Riascos and his daughter, and is planning a protest outside the Office of the Search for Disappeared Persons Commission on the 17th of January.

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