Wednesday, March 3, 1999 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Xanana Gusmao
1999-03-03

Columbia

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

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.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    Bn2015-0730_funhome3
    Alison Bechdel’s "Fun Home": The Coming-Out Memoir That Became a Hit Broadway Musical
    In a Democracy Now! special, we look at the acclaimed Broadway musical "Fun Home," which swept the Tony Awards last month. Composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Lisa Kron made history as the first female duo to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score. "Fun Home" is also the first-ever Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. The musical is based on the 2006 best-selling graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." The memoir is a poignant exploration of family, memory, first love,...

Creative Commons License 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.

This is viewer supported news