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Young people named on colombian “Death list”

AI-Index: AMR 23/028/2010

Ninety-three young people in a southern Colombian municipality are at risk after their names were published on a paramilitary "death list". Three of those named on the list have been killed since 15 August.

On 15 August, two young men, Diego Ferney Jaramillo Corredor and Silver Robinson Muñoz, were shot dead on a road outside the town of Puerto Asís in the southern Colombian department of Putumayo by gunmen on a motorcycle. It is believed paramilitary forces are responsible. At the same time, a list of names of 65 young men living in Puerto Asís began circulating by email and on the social networking site Facebook. The “death list”, thought to have been drawn up by paramilitaries, warns those named to abandon Puerto Asís within three days, if not “we will see ourselves obliged to carry out acts like those which took place during the night of 15 August”, ( “nos veremos obligados a realizar actos como lo de la noche del domingo 15 de agosto”.) On 20 August a further list was circulated with the names of 31 local young women. After the list was circulated some of the youths have reported receiving threatening telephone calls.

The names of the two young men who died, Diego Jaramillo and Silver Robinson, were first and second on the “death list” of young men. On 20 August, 19-year-old Norbey Álvarez Vargas was killed by gunmen travelling on a motorcycle in the Villa Paz district of Puerto Asís. His name was the third on the “death list” of young men. At around the same time, another youth named on the list was shot and injured.

Some of those named are suspected of being involved in petty crime and prostitution. The threats and killings appear to be an attempt to make an example of them. Others named on the list are known to be community activists. At the time of writing Amnesty International does not have precise details on all those listed. Despite the heavy army and police presence in Puerto Asís. Amnesty International is not aware of any decisive action by the authorities to guarantee the safety of the youths or capture the killers. Many of the young people and their families have fled Puerto Asís following the threats.

 

Additional Information

Youths living in poor districts of Colombian towns and cities have frequently been the target of paramilitary death squads either acting alone or with the collusion of the security forces, particularly if they are suspected of involvement in petty crimes. Guerrilla forces have also been responsible for killing petty criminals in areas under their military control.
The recent threats and killings of youths in Puerto Asís follow the killing of two police officers in the town a month ago. The security forces blamed the guerrilla group, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, for these killings.

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