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(Source: Radio Cadena Nacional)
Monday, 23 March 1998
Ombudsman tells UN of "truly devastating" human rights situation
At the regular session of the UN Human Rights Commission,
Ombudsman Jose Fernando Castro Caicedo today said that the human
rights outlook in Colombia was truly devastating. He pointed out that
political violence was further evidence of the uncertain situation
Colombia was facing regarding matters of human rights.
Here in Santa Fe de Bogota, there has already been official reaction to
the statements made by Castro Caicedo in Switzerland. Acting
Ombudsman Nelson Castro Rodriguez said the ombudsman's
statements in Switzerland only attempted to tell the world what the
reality was in order to obtain international support to resolve the
various human rights problems Colombia was experiencing.
[Castro Rodriguez - recording]
We want support; we really want the international community to
remain alert to the conflict-ridden situation we are experiencing. We
should all search for peaceful formulas, but real peaceful formulas,
because we have already been searching for them for many years.
However, peace does not become a reality. We want the rebel armed
groups to understand that this country can no longer put up with this
situation, that the situation for people living in the areas worst hit by
this conflict is far in excess of what is normal. We want them to look
into this country, which really needs a very significant development
plan for us to overcome the situation we are currently experiencing.
[End of recording]
The official also stressed that the report, which was made public, also
included dramatic statistics on the prison situation and the situation
children were facing as a result of the violence Colombia was
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