Testimony On The Cruelty Of Kidnapping In Colombia

2021-01-28   |   by CusiGO

There are more than 2000 testimonies. When they were abducted by FARC, they were boys. There was also the voice of the middle-level guerrilla commander, with 250 people speaking and acknowledging the suffering of the kidnapped. Their statements are crucial to Thursday’s special peace Court (JEP) accusation of war crimes and crimes against humanity against eight extinct guerrilla leaders.

“It’s not an excess of war. This is the biggest violation of the international humanitarian agreement, that is, crimes against humanity. Judge Juliet lemet, the case reporter, reiterated: “there are no mistakes, there are war crimes.”. There was torture during the kidnapping and in many cases sexual violence. “They treat them like animals,” JEP president justice Eduardo sifentes said.

The testimony was devastating: “I was kidnapped on 12 May 1997. I’m a nurse in a hospital. At about 6:30 p.m., commander Richard arrived in a white van and I was forcibly taken away. They took me to the guerrilla camp, where they had a hospital, and I kidnapped them. They took me to fight as a nurse. I was sexually assaulted. I’ve been pierced. ” She was punished for not wanting to wear guerrilla camouflage uniforms. When she woke up after the puncture, she found that her ovaries had been removed. “I really don’t know what they did to me. On June 17, 2000, I managed to escape the camp. From then on, they started calling, declaring me a military target, and they started chasing me. ”

If guerrilla leaders admit the charges, they will be subject to five to eight years of restorative punishment, not imprisonment. If they don’t, they face up to 20 years in prison, and JEP hopes to hear live testimony from last March, but because of the epidemic, they have to receive it in writing. The victims, including the soldiers, recounted in detail what they remembered: “it was on August 3, 1998, when the miraflor military base in guaviare was occupied. About 2000 guerrillas attacked us with incendiary bombs and weapons for more than 20 hours. The next day, they kidnapped us and took us to the river. We sailed for two or three days. Almost all kidnappings are like this: we move from one place to another, we travel long distances with things heavier than us, and the food is sometimes glass or dirty, forcing us to put bodies in rubber boots or plastic bags. In the evening, we pee in the same jar where we eat, and we’re tied up 24 hours a day. ”

JEP noted that the victims had episodes of anxiety, fear and sadness. For many, fear never goes away, even decades after the return of physical freedom. 79% of the abductees were men and 21% were women. In the latter case, the judicial system distinguishes between special conditions that exacerbate suffering. “In a male and military context, captured women are in another vulnerable and unprotected situation. The lack of privacy for bathing, defecating and urinating causes different kinds of pain for women. ”

“When I was 17 years old, I was just about to go to school when someone grabbed me from the back, put me in the car, blindfolded, and a few hours later, we arrived at a place where there were several people, and they put me down and took me to a place where I had shackles on my hands and feet. Someone said, “we brought that bitch here because the old man didn’t pay for the vaccine. He meant my dad.” In Colombia, the vaccine is known as blackmail. “They said, because my father hasn’t paid yet, they’ll charge me. They started raping me – nine people I know – and I lost consciousness. After that, I was raped three times. I was released because my father paid for it. ” The woman, who is in her 50s, didn’t report the case before because she was afraid of being killed.

JEP identified patterns of abuse among prisoners in all FARC neighborhoods. Bondage and bondage as a form of punishment and humiliation; forced marches regardless of age or health; physical and psychological attacks, including beatings, screams, ridicules; total invasion of privacy. There are crowded camps for the kidnappers, no lights, no air.

“The guerrillas caught us and took us away. One soldier wrote: “for about three years, in captivity, we were punished, tied to a tree, in a small cage, like a chicken farm, and we suffered from psychological torture.”. The document accusing the former leader of FARC points out that between 1982 and 2012, guerrillas kidnapped “systematic and large-scale” practices for at least 30 years. There are more than 21000 victims.

Reverend allape, a former member of the FARC Secretariat and leader of the common party, said: “we have made many mistakes. These are very painful events in the dynamics of this war.”. War crimes. These are not simple mistakes, and their truth will depend on whether a country that needs facts to believe in peace has justice and compensation for thousands of victims.