Colombia: “emergent” paramilitaries “disappear” campesino in Meta

Community leaders in Vistahermosa, a village in Colombia’s eastern Meta department, reported to local human rights observors the disappearance of campesino Luis Enel Moreno Romero on July 22. He was last seen near his lands in the vereda (settlement) of Caño Animas. Vistahermosa has seen 65 extrajudicial executions by paramilitary groups, sometimes acting in overt concert with the army, since 2005. Over the past three months, a strong presence of the Águilas Negras paramilitary, dubbed by the authorities as an “emergent criminal band,” has been reported in the zone. (Comisión de Seguimiento a los Derechos Humanos, Meta, July 24, via Anarcol, Bogotá)

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