Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

6 February 2009

Another hostage released in Colombia

Another hostage released in Colombia
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have set free a second hostage in a week with the release on Thursday of regional deputy Sigifredo López, who was kidnapped by the guerrilla group in 2002.

The news comes days after former governor Alan Jara was released. Last week, the FARC also released three police officers and a soldier.

The latest releases were facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Brazilian government and Colombian congresswoman Piedad Córdoba. They are the latest in a series of releases of high-profile hostages over the last year.
 
Amnesty International has reiterated that hostage-taking is a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which can constitute a war crime.
 
"The release of the hostages, the police officers and the soldier is great news but the reality is that there are still many being held by the FARC and the ELN across Colombia," said Marcelo Pollack, Colombia researcher at Amnesty International. "Both guerrilla groups must urgently and unconditionally release all those civilians still being held captive."
 
Over the last few years, there has been constant speculation that the FARC and the Colombian government were prepared to agree a "humanitarian exchange" - the exchange of FARC prisoners held by the Colombian authorities for hostages held by the guerrilla group.

Read More

More hostage releases in Colombia (Good News, 4 February 2009)

Colombian president should stop false accusations against human rights groups (News, 20 November 2008)
Ingrid Betancourt freed (Good News, 4 July 2008)
FARC releases four more hostages (Good News, 28 February 2008
FARC releases two high profile hostages (Good News, 10 January 2008)

Issue

Armed Groups 
Disappearances And Abductions 

Country

Colombia 

Region

Americas 

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