San José de Apartadó: Colombia’s Constitutional Court grants Father Javier’s Claim

Colombia’s Constitutional Court grants Father Javier’s claim that rights of members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó to justice, truth and reparations had been violated.( Translated by Eunice Gibson, a CSN Volunteer Translator)

“ . . . The opinion expressed in this last letter from the Ministry, according to which every operation by the Armed Forces has intelligence components, is unacceptable.  It is indefensible.  Furthermore, nobody has asked that the results of any supposed intelligence efforts be revealed. Only the names of those present at certain locations, on dates and at times when crimes or serious violations of fundamental rights were perpetrated.”

“ . . . It is my understanding that if there are intelligence tasks being carried out in conformity with the law, those could never be carried out concomitantly with crimes against humanity or with serious violations of the Constitution and the laws.  In those cases, to claim that they were committed as part of ‘intelligence undertakings’ that no record can verify, constitutes covering up the crime and a perverted “hooding” in the worst paramilitary style, by government agents who may be responsible for horrendous crimes . . .”

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