Report: Colombian Army Executed Up to 10,000 Civilians, Claiming They Were Rebels

HeadlineMay 15, 2018

In Colombia, a new study accuses the Colombian military of executing up to 10,000 civilians and then claiming they were rebels between 2002 and 2010. The practice, known as “false positives,” was used to boost the army’s kill statistics in the war against FARC rebels and to justify U.S. military funding for the Colombian army. One of the study’s authors said boys with disabilities were specifically targeted. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos formerly served as defense minister from 2006 to 2009, at the height of “false positive” killings program.

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