FORCED ENTRY TO THE OFFICES OF THE PERMANENT PEACE ASSEMBLY FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY.
Bogotá, October 25, 2002
The organizations bellow denounces to the national and international
public opinion, the forced entry into the offices of the PERMANENT
PEACE ASSEMBLY FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY. Today, between the hours of
4:45 and 6:30 a.m., in the city of Bogotá, around 40 members of the
judicial police, the Dijin, the Security Department, the Das, and the
Army, broke in, by forcing a window and at gun point intimidated the
owner of the house, a 70 year old man. The locks were forced the
computers and files were examined, as it appears in the records;
there was no presence of the office of the Attorney General or the
Attorney at Law.
This inspection goes against the freedom of association, intimidates
the social organizations and warns of the government arbitrary forms
and excesses, as well as its public forces, all because of the
It is publicly known that the Peace Assembly is strictly directed to
help find a political solution, to defend human rights and for peace
with a social justice, reasons why we are concerned that this type of
authority abuses and excesses take place. Therefore, we urge the
President, the Minister of Defense and the Chiefs of the Public
Forces for a precise explanation on these actions against peace and
human rights organizations.
At the same time we also call upon the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Diplomatic Corp, present in
Colombia, so that they insist to the Colombian government to
respected our activity and we ask for the necessary guaranties to be
able to work.
Asamblea Permanente de la Sociedad Civil por la Paz
Comisión Colombiana de Juristas
Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo
Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos
Unión Sindical Obrera
Fundación Maestros Itinerantes.
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