Leaked Colombian Government Report Says Nearly 50,000 People Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 April 2009

A report from the Colombian Attorney General's office says that there are 49,902 individual cases of forced disappearances in Colombia that have yet to be solved a number far higher than the Colombian authorities have ever publicly acknowledged. The new figure, which came to light after the internal report was leaked to Colombian news channel 'Caracol', is in line with what human rights groups have been claiming for some years.

Another recent study by the 'Jesus Maria Valle Jaramillo' Human Rights Group found that nearly 19,000 people had been forcibly disappeared since President Uribe came to power in 2002 and that the number of victims is increasing each year to the extent that an average of eight people disappeared each day during 2008.

A separate study, by the 'National Disappeared People's Search Commission', a body established by several groups including the Colombian Vice President's office, the Attorney General's office, the Colombian Commission of Jurists and the Association of Families of the Disappeared (ASFADDES), found that between January 1st 2007 and October 21st 2008 alone some 7,763 people disappeared.

July 2008 UN: Colombia Only Latin American Nation Where Forced Disappearances Continue

June 2008 Interesting Article on Forced Disappearances

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