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FARC Dissidents Continue to Kidnap Children, Says Colombian Inspector General

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - Jul 21, 2017, 2:21 pm
“Un ingrediente adicional y es que los grupos disidentes de las Farc, según han denunciado, también están en reclutamiento forzoso”, puntualizó. (Twitter)
“An additional ingredient is that FARC dissident groups, are, according to reports, still carrying out forced recruitment,” the Colombian inspector general said. (Twitter)

EnglishColombia’s Inspector General Fernando Carrillo denounced on July 18 that FARC guerrilla members who refuse to abide by the disarmament accords continue to forcefully recruit minors.

According to reports, he claimed, FARC dissidents continue to kidnap children to increase their ranks, perpetuating the decades-old cycle of violence in Colombia linked to insurgent guerrillas.

During a hearing for the victims of Colombia’s armed conflict, Carrillo warned that this is one of the most complex issues of the deal reached between the FARC leadership and the Santos administration, so he called for measures needed to protect the rights of minors who are exposed to forced recruitment.

In addition, the inspector general asked the FARC guerrilla leadership to clarify the number of children still in their ranks.

“The Colombian people is expecting them to comply with the agreements, that they be honest about the issues of minors and property, so that the process can recover legitimacy,” he said.

 

“We are waiting for government authorities to certify that they have indeed released all the children,” Carrillo said. The official certificate regarding the number of minors in FARC camps is expected in the following days.

Carrillo hopes that the FARC guerrilla will comply with the agreements as this will lend strength and credibility to the final agreement before the Colombian public.

Finally, he restated the commitment of Colombian authorities to ensure the protection and rights of minors released from FARC units.

“If we put victims at the center of building peace, then we should working towards acknowledging them and fulfilling their rights.”

Source: Blu Radio.

Felipe Fernández Felipe Fernández

Felipe Fernández is a reporter from Colombia for the PanAm Post. He's a law student at the La Gran Colombia University in Armenia. Follow him on Twitter: @Ffernandezp