Despite end of war in Colombia, insecurity growing

Posted on July 23, 2017 • Filed under: Colombia, Conflicts, Crime

32 MURDERS A DAY /(machine translated) affected by the lack of job opportunities, José traveled with his family from Haycopungo, north of Otavalo, to Colombia. He was selling clothes and crafts.

Carmen was in the eighth month of pregnancy and therefore planned to return to Ecuador to give birth in Otavalo.
Jose had told his family that he no longer wanted to return to Colombia. He was worried about insecurity. He only hoped to raise a little more money and stay in Ecuador.
On June 12, when they were riding on a motorcycle, they were captured by criminals in the jungle. According to newspaper reports, Jose and Carmen were shot and beaten; The girl was hanged a few days later.
The bodies were found on June 22, together, buried in a jungle area.
For the family of the victims, after the departure of the guerrillas, common crime has taken its place in Colombia.
> FREQUENTLY. According to a report by the Institute of Legal Medicine of Colombia, 32 murders, 6 suicides, 8 accidental deaths and 20 traffic accidents occur daily.
Although the figure has gone down since the signing of peace with the guerrillas, the problem remains a concern.
The document states that “the process (of peace) has left some gaps that do not allow the lowering of the guard for the achievement of a stable and lasting peace.”
He adds that there are two threats stemming from the peace agreement signed between the guerrillas and the government that need urgent revision: “the first, the veiled but systematic increase in the killings of social leaders and activists. The second, territorial control by areas historically occupied by the FACR-EP “.
The report warns about the action of emerging bands such as Clan Úsuga, Gulf, Urabeños, Erpac, Los Paisas, Collection Offices, Black Eagles or Stubble.
The document also includes a section, prepared by the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP), which points out that the existence of other forms of violence other than that of the guerrillas is a long-term risk.
> REPORT. Organized crime in Colombia is increasingly concentrated in the local area as a result of the dismantling of large criminal structures, according to another IFJ report.
The text of the group, entitled “Organized crime and armed saboteurs in times of transition,” allows “to understand that this phenomenon is concentrated in the local and this is essential to design successful public policies,” said FIP director Maria Victoria Llorente.
The analysis of the FIP, created in 1999 by a group of Colombian entrepreneurs, pointed out that in parallel with the fragmentation of organized crime and the dismantling of large structures, “the door has opened to the challenge of securing smaller groups with Strong local roots “.
For the director of the area of Dynamics of the Conflict of the FIP, Eduardo Álvarez Vanegas, “this study invites to think about the traits, variations and trajectories that follow the groups that are deactivated in terms of what will happen with their dissent”, as it is The case of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which signed a peace agreement with the government last year.
Likewise, it was evident that the National Liberation Army (ELN), which is in close contact with the Government of President Juan Manuel Santos in a dialogue that was established in Ecuador, “in some regions seems to be
More cohesive than in others. “
> CONCERNING. Among the findings of the report it is evident that organized crime groups operating today locally “are not small, so their range of action is limited and their armed capacity is not compared to the Gulf Clan,” the largest band Of the country, which arose in 2006 following the demobilization of the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).
“The message is that these groups, however small, are affecting and having a humanitarian impact on the populations that in theory should be benefiting from the peace process,” Álvarez said.
As a recommendation, the IFJ stated that “the State must understand that these organizations function as a network that not only has an armed component but also a political and financial type with a capacity for corruption and money laundering.”
It follows from the foregoing that “it is not effective to focus on hitting heads that are easily replaced. Organized crime has adapted to this situation and has delegated territorial control to subcontracted factions or to
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