Wednesday, February 24

JEP investigates false positives: the shocking number of civilians killed by the army during the war in Colombia


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In 2008 the “false positives” scandal broke out, over which thousands of people have protested in Colombia.

The Colombian military forces killed at least 6,402 civilians between 2002 and 2008 and presented them as “casualties in combat,” the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) reported on Thursday.

The number of “false positives”, as they are known in Colombia, is higher than what had been recognized in the past and shows that that period, in which he governed Alvaro Uribe, who rejects the accusations, “78% of the total historical victimization was recorded.”

“66% of the national total of victims was concentrated in 10 departments, including all the prioritized territories during that period,” said the JEP.

The court classified what happened as a “macrocriminal phenomenon“.

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