They denounce the increase in paramilitaries in Casanare

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According to the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, throughout this year, the communities of the region have been silenced, minimized and frightened by the increase in social conflicts

Increase denounce paramilitarism in Casanare< /p>Archive photo. A disappeared paramilitary group called the Bloque Metro patrols the mountains in the department of Antioquia, Colombia, January 9, 2003. REUTERS/José Miguel Gómez

In recent days, the Permanent Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CPDH) has been making a series of complaints about a repopulation of paramilitary groups in the department of Casanare.

According to the human rights organization, throughout this year, the communities of the region have been silenced, minimized and frightened by the increase in social conflicts .

Likewise, clashes between armed groups have put social leaders at risk, as well as those who defend human rights.

One of the last violent acts reported by the CPDH occurred on November 12. That day, around 5:30 in the afternoon, Rubiela Benítez Enríquez, belonging to the national board and coordinator in the Casanare department of the CPDH; and Diego Flórez, also from the departmental council, were victims of an attack when they arrived at their home in the city of Yopal, in the Casimena neighborhood.

The attack was carried out by two men who were riding a motorcycle, shot and wounded bodyguard Fredy Rojas, who is part of Diego Flórez's security scheme.

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According to the CPDH, despite the existence of different Unified Command Posts throughout the territory installed by the national government, a plan to persecute human rights defenders still persists and, therefore,the measures taken are still insufficient to guarantee the lives of leaders, signatories of the peace agreement and social and popular leaders in the territories.

On the other hand, according to The independent media Agencia Prensa Rural, on October 7, 2022, the first departmental human rights forum was held in the city of Yopal as a preparatory stage for the XIII National Human Rights Forum.

< p class="paragraph">In the space, which was established as a space to promote the complaints made by the Casanareña community, Rubiela Benítez Enríquez and Diego Martínez made visible the systematic violations of human rights in the department and asked the national government so that it is a guarantor of the life and integrity of the social leaders of the territory.

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Finally, the CPDH made him a called on the government of Gustavo Petro to take effective measures to guarantee the right to life and integrity of human rights defenders in the territories, advance in the recognition of paramilitary repopulation in the region and with it, advance quickly in the process of dismantling paramilitarism around the political and legal measures that make it possible to shield life as the highest good.

Forced disappearance in Casanare, According to the Single Registry of Victims, since 1985, 1,024 people have been disappeared in the department. However, this figure varies greatly with other centers of analysis of the war in Colombia. For The Human Rights Data Analysis Group, this number rises to 2,553, more than double, between 1986 and 2007. Some NGOs speak of more than 6,000 disappeared.