Another FARC member killed in Putumayo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Unidentified armed men killed demobilised FARC member Oscar Arango Palacio in Puerto Guzmán, department of Putumayo, on 29 October. It is the latest murder in a wave of violence that has targeted people for association with the FARC despite its transition to a formal political party under the terms of the 2016 peace agreement.

Local human rights organisations said the killing was committed by armed men who entered the area and were hostile to the general population. They also said that the humanitarian situation has worsened due to police reluctance to go into rural zones, which sees other armed groups operate there freely.

In the last fortnight, six FARC members were killed by paramilitaries in El Charco, Nariño, while former guerrilla Henry Meneses Ruiz was murdered in Cauca. According to Colombia's National Human Rights Coordinator, Cristian Delgado, at least 38 FARC members or their close family have now been murdered since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016.

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