Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the Dakota Access pipeline protests or news about this unprecedented US presidential election—and our coverage is never paid for by the oil and gas companies or the campaigns and superPACs. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $8 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Columbia

March 03, 1999
Story
WATCH FULL SHOW

Three U.S. citizens were kidnapped last week in Colombia’s remote northeastern border with Venezuela. According to friends and co-workers, the three were on a mission to help preserve the cultural identity of an indigenous group under the auspices of the Hawaii-based Pacific Cultural Conservancy International. They were taken last Thursday by armed men in civilian clothes, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the abductions. This latest kidnapping comes at a time when human rights defenders and other social justice activists in Colombia find themselves under unprecedented fire from both sides of the long-standing conflict over control of land–the guerrillas and the paramilitaries.

A few days before, an armed group forced its way into the offices of the Popular Training Institute in Medellin and kidnapped four staff workers, including the center’s director. Paramilitary leader Carlos Castano issued a communiqué claiming responsibility for the kidnappings, and published an unprecedented collective death threat aimed at all non-governmental organizations working on human rights. The four were subsequently released.

Guests:

  • Daniel Garcia Pena, guest scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and former High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia from 1995-1998.
  • Agustin Jimenez, President of the Committee in Solidarity with Political Prisoners, a human rights organization that assists political prisoners who are detained, often without trial or legal assistance.
  • Jose Giron, member of the board of directors for the Popular Training Institute (IPC, Instituto Popular de Capacitacion), a non-governmental human rights organization based in Medellin.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.
WATCH TOMORROW
Expanding the debate tues promo 1920x10801

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein "Joins" the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump Debate in a LIVE 2-hour Expanding the Debate Extended Broadcast