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INTERNATIONAL OPINION TRIBUNAL

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Septiembre 15 y 16 y 17 de 2008

European Parliament

BRUSSELS DECLARATION CONCERNING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN COLOMBIA

The International Opinion Tribunal convened in the European Parliament, in Brussels, on September 15, 16, and 17, 2008. Having taken notice of the verdicts of seven sessions between 2002 and 2008 of various opinion tribunals concerning Colombia, and upon hearing the testimony of more than twenty witnesses from various social movements and human rights organizations and reviewing voluminous documentation, the Tribunal concluded that the allegations before it of State crimes had been substantiated.

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?No Insignia? Land, Where Deceit is a Virtue

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Operation Checkmate in which the Colombia armed forces tricked the FARC into releasing Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages on 2 July was immediately declared a great success. Bush congratulated his counterpart President Uribe, not least because three former US soldiers were amongst the released.
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Colombian Journey - the "War on Drugs"

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The helicopter swooped by a couple hundred yards away, just above the trees, as we were traveling to the community of Malvinas on June 12.  We stopped at a house alongside the road and heard more helicopters.  We then saw the two planes that were spraying herbicide in the U.S.-financed “war on drugs.”

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Paramilitary Curse Still Afflicts Grass Roots Movement

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On 12 February a brown envelope was left outside the home of Coca-Cola worker José Domingo Flórez, the note inside was from the paramilitary Black Eagles and it said “now you will take the consequences that are going to be very inhumane we will start with your families and afterwards with you trade unionist sons of bitches …”.
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Colombian Journey - The Call for Justice

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On November 12, 2002, the military and police rounded up more than 2,000 people in Saravena and took them to the sports arena in the first mass arrest in the state of Arauca.  On September 27 of this year, more than 2,000 people again filled the arena – this time to denounce the human rights abuses committed by the military and police during the past five years.  The Human Rights Commission of the Colombian Senate held a public hearing in the arena that day which lasted for more than six hours.

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