Weekly Report - 05 October 2023 (WR-23-40)

COLOMBIA: Government apologises for false positives

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro staged a major event in the central Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá on 4 October to comply with his government’s promise to prioritise truth and reconciliation. The purpose of the event was for the state and the military to apologise publicly for the notorious ‘false positives’ scandal that came to light under the right-wing government led by President Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010). The event was attended by relatives of 20 youths from Soacha, a municipality near Bogotá, who were murdered by members of the military and presented as guerrillas killed in combat to inflate their number of ‘kills’.

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