Colombian guerrillas kill 17 Indians, human rights groups say

Guerrillas in Colombia tortured and killed 17 Indians who they believed were helping the government, a governor and two human rights organizations said Wednesday.

Marxist rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, swept into a village in southwest Colombia last week and abducted an undetermined number of Awa Indians, Human Rights Watch said. 

The guerrillas tortured and killed 17 Awas, including at least two minors, the human rights group said.

Another human rights group, the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, or ONIC, also reported the allegations.

Navarro Wolff, the governor of Narino province, where the Awas live, decried the reported killings, CNN reported.

"The guerrillas took several families, recriminating them for their supposed collaboration with the army," Wolff told El Pais newspaper. "A young man was able to escape and told how he had been tied. Later, they tortured him, they beat him and they killed eight with with a knife."

Nine other villagers also were executed, unconfirmed reports said.

The allegations are based partly on the information provided by the young man who said he escaped. Human Rights Watch also said it received reports from "reliable sources," whom the organization did not name.

"These cruel killings violate the most basic principles of human decency and dignity," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director at Human Rights Watch. "There is no possible excuse or justification for these horrific actions."

The remote village is a 12-hour trip away from the nearest large town, and no independent verification has been obtained. Besides the unforgiving terrain, the presence of land mines and the existence of numerous armed groups virtually prevent outsiders from visiting the area.

Monsignor Ruben Salazar Gomez, the president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, joined the chorus of criticism, alleging a "crime the whole country should condemn."

Another religious leader said the Awa need protection.

"We are very worried about the Awa community," said Monsignor Gustavo Giron Higuita, the bishop of the city of Tumaco. "It is a community that is pretty unprotected and that in the past five years has received a type of persecution by armed groups."

The prelate said that although there were indications that the FARC was behind the killings, "we are not certain of that," El Pais said.

The Awas, he said, "are pacifist, want respect of their organization and want to regain their traditions. We have been accompanying them in this process, and that's why this hurts so much."

New York-based Human Rights Watch said group members have made numerous visits to Narino, which is one of Colombia's 32 departments, or states. Narino is in southwest Colombia, on the Pacific Ocean and the border with Ecuador.

The area has a heavy presence of various armed groups and Colombian military forces, and has among the worst human rights conditions in Colombia, the human rights group said. The Awa territories have been particularly affected.

The Colombian government has issued a "risk report," warning authorities that civilians in the region are at risk.

The FARC is said to have "confined" some villages, cutting them off from the outside world and not allowing anyone to enter or leave.

In another report Wednesday, ONIC, the indigenous human rights group in Colombia, said the FARC has abducted 120 Awas since February 4.

ONIC said the FARC kidnapped 20 Awa men, women and children February 4 from the Barbacoas area in Narino. The rebels returned the next day and grabbed children who had remained behind, ONIC said, according to Caracol Radio.

ONIC also reported that a number of Awa had been knifed to death.

The FARC, the largest and oldest guerrilla group in Colombia, has been waging war against the government since the 1960s.

Security analysts say the FARC has 9,000 to 12,000 armed guerillas and several thousand supporters, mostly in rural areas.
The guerrilla group operates mostly in Colombia but has carried out extortion, kidnappings, bombings and other activities in Venezuela, Panama and Ecuador.

Industrial production in Karabakh to increase in post-conflict period - CAERC head
Industrial production in Karabakh to increase in post-conflict period - CAERC head
S&P Global Ratings expects Azerbaijan's export to grow in next years
S&P Global Ratings expects Azerbaijan's export to grow in next years
SOCAR considering new investments in Turkey
SOCAR considering new investments in Turkey
Loading Bars
Macron's anti-Islamic statements point to extreme misunderstanding of religion - Arab analyst
Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya tops list of regions implementing foreign investments
Heritage Foundation's Foreign Policy Studies Center Director comments on photo showing Russian field camp set up near Armenian Tegh
Georgia sees increase in hazelnuts export
Georgia reveals volume of exported apples
U.S. regrets EU move on tariffs, seeks deal on Boeing-Airbus row
Russia seeking to be stabilizer in South Caucasus, says Russian expert
Uzbekistan discusses strengthening multilateral co-op with China and S. Korea
President Aliyev congratulates commanders of joint military corps who distinguished themselves in liberation of Gubadli city, villages of Gubadli district from occupiers
Review of statistics of people registered within state program 'Remotely from Georgia'
Volume of trade turnover between Turkmenistan, Russia’s Perm Krai revealed
Azerbaijani army does not fire at civilians - Defense Ministry
President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Italian Rai 1 TV channel (PHOTO)
Iran launches new water treatment facility in Tehran
Iran studies Famotidine as Coronavirus treatment
Industrial production in Karabakh to increase in post-conflict period - CAERC head
Turkish president urges to boycott French goods
Work on power supply to strategic facilities in freed Azerbaijani territories underway (PHOTO)
Bank of Georgia suffers loss
S&P Global Ratings expects Azerbaijan's export to grow in next years
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price falling
Wildfire breaks out in Azerbaijan's Dashkasan district from Armenian attacks (VIDEO)
SOCAR considering new investments in Turkey
Romania's import of Azerbaijani products for 9M2020 revealed
Armenian Armed Forces fire at Azerbaijan’s Tartar district
Price of most Georgian companies’ shares up on London Stock Exchange
UK armed forces take control of ship in English Channel, seven people detained
Mobile phones and smartphones import down in Georgia
Azerbaijan confirms 131 more COVID-19 recoveries
Iran enlarges petrochemicals production
Azerbaijan hikes export to Belarus in 9M2020
S&P says Azerbaijani manat to maintain position against USD
German government raises 2020 GDP forecast to -5.5%
Turkmenistan ready to support contracts with companies of Russia’s Perm Krai
Recruiting children by Armenia against Azerbaijan is war crime, says Lebanese lawyer
President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan restoring historical justice on battlefield
Azerbaijan's Aghjabadi district again under fire of Armenian Armed Forces
It is not worth using peacekeeping efforts of third states in settlement of Karabakh conflict - Georgian expert
Weekly digest of Azerbaijan’s energy sector
Uzbekneftegaz accelerates commissioning of technological devices due to autumn-winter period
EU's Barnier heads for London for Brexit deal talks
Corn oil produced by Georgian Plant Oil Company Qarva to enter supermarkets
President Ilham Aliyev talks proving to world that Karabakh is Azerbaijan's historical land
Turkey discloses 9M2020 data on cargo movement via its ports from UK
Armenia's leadership, criminal junta regime have no moral, ethical framework - Azerbaijani top official
Iran ready to fire at Armenian Armed Forces if they approach its border with Azerbaijan
Iran`s Quchan grapes exports revealed
Turkmen private sector provides half of industrial production in Balkan region
Amount of industrial enterprises launched in Iran's Hamadan soars
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 26
Uzbekneftegaz eyes to increase natural gas production
Armenia never supports peace – Azerbaijani MP in interview to TRT World TV channel (VIDEO)
Karabakh conflict's settlement process is at hot point - Kremlin spokesman
Over 230 tankers with ACG oil shipped from Ceyhan terminal
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office gives updates on civil casualties, damages
Iran's Shazand Oil Refining Company opens tender to buy equipment
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council slams French president
Canada points out importance of creating mechanism for resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
EBRD supports construction of 100 MW wind farm in south of Kazakhstan
Georgian Tegeta Motors Company makes another deals
All nations in Azerbaijan united and will achieve victory - head of Russian community
Iran boosts generation capacity of thermal power plants
Kazakhstan's fixed investments volume decreases over 9M2020
Uzbekhydroenergo ready for foreign direct investment, says Fitch
German business sentiment falls on coronavirus angst
Turkey's 9M2020 export of defense industry products to Germany down
Polypropylene powder plant construction underway in Kazakhstan’s Shymkent
Azerbaijani Central Bank reveals amount of national currency attracted for deposit auction
President Ilham Aliyev announced names of villages of Zangilan, Jabrayil and Gubadli districts liberated from occupation yesterday
S&P says Azerbaijan's GDP to grow in coming years
Pakistan summons French ambassador to condemn 'Islamophobic' campaign
S&P Global Ratings affirms Azerbaijan's credit rating at 'BB +/B'
US slows down import of defense products from Turkey
New tomato greenhouse commissioned in Turkmenistan’s Balkan region
Kazakhstan doubles goods export to Croatia amid COVID-19
President's assistant talks Armenians using Azerbaijani military uniforms
Weekly review of Azerbaijani oil market
Information that Azerbaijan using military aviation - false – Defense Ministry
Cross-border money transfers in Uzbekistan down
Multi-apartment buildings in Turkmenistan's Dashoguz getting equipped with telephone networks
Kazakhstan's postal service operator to buy petrol via tender
Armenian Armed Forces shelling Azerbaijan’s Aghjabadi district - MoD
Kazakhstan's import from France up despite COVID-19
Panel on domestic petrochemicals production to be organized in Iran
Farewell ceremony for Russia-native Azerbaijani martyr being held (PHOTOS)
Armenia continues to violate humanitarian ceasefire regime
Mobile network all over Uzbekistan's Samarkand improves
Liberation of Azerbaijani lands from occupation to improve country's GDP, says expert
Russia's third-quarter revenue jumps 19.9% helped by gaming
Kazakhstan raises exports of Azerbaijani products
Kazakhstan's passenger cars manufacturing increases year-on-year
Kazakh gold extracting venture opens tender to equipment repairs
President Ilham Aliyev addresses the nation (PHOTO)
Uzbekistan expands range of ecosystem services
Railway line between Iran-Afghanistan to be launched soon
Update given on civilian casualties following Armenian shelling of Azerbaijan's Ganja
Uzbekistan eyes implementation of int’l standards in cotton production
Georgia records 1,872 new coronavirus cases
Georgian vegetable oil company Karva launches waste-free production
Russian Embassy in Turkmenistan brings back citizens to Moscow
All news