IACHR CONDEMNS ATTACK AGAINST MEDICAL MISSION IN COLOMBIA
Washington, D.C., December 12, 2008 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) strongly condemns the attack against a medical mission in Colombia that took place last weekend, causing the death of two people.
According to the information received by the IACHR, on December 7, 2008, a medical mission of the Colombian Institute of Family Well-Being (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar) was attacked with explosives in the department of Caquetá, n the region of Caguan. According to official information, the attack was perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) and caused the death of psychologist Yamid Correa Calderón and the driver John Alape. Official sources also indicate that another three people were injured in the attack: social worker Claudia Gómez, teacher Diana Pinto, and nutritionist Laura Melisa Barrios.
The IACHR once again strongly condemns indiscriminate acts of violence committed against the civilian population, which are violations of international humanitarian law.
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