Colombian troopers have been accused of raping a 15-year-old indigenous woman, within the second such case to emerge in every week.
Troops within the southern Guaviare area had been accused in September of kidnapping, torturing and repeatedly raping a 15-year-old woman from the Nukak Makú tribe, however the case was not extensively reported till this week.
The woman was reported lacking from her reserve on eight September and located bare 5 days later, having been held in a close-by navy barracks, in line with an investigation carried out by the native analyst and political scientist Ariel Ávila.
Native authorities had been knowledgeable on the time, however Ávila – who will publish his full findings on Tuesday night in native journal Semana – has accused the native public prosecutor’s workplace of negligence.
The allegations shocked a nation nonetheless reeling from a equally horrific crime: the gang rape of a 13-year-old indigenous woman by seven troopers earlier on 22 June.
Protesters ignored the nation’s lockdown to exhibit exterior navy barracks in Bogotá, whereas many took to social media to precise outrage.
“We’re fed up with abuses towards indigenous folks,” tweeted Monica Rodríguez, a well known TV presenter. “We wish punishments to be examples.”
“Open your eyes,” tweeted Adriana Lucía, a pop singer and activist. “We can’t go on as if nothing is going on.
On Tuesday morning, the overall accountable for the military’s fourth division, which oversees the densely jungled Guaviare area, mentioned that an investigation was opened in September when the case was first reported. He added that the suspected troopers had been moved to administrative jobs inside the military, although he wouldn’t say why it had taken so lengthy for information to achieve the general public.
“I have no idea the the explanation why that truth didn’t come to mild,” Antonio María Beltrán, the overall, informed native station Blu Radio on Tuesday morning. “Nonetheless, I’ll say that we as an establishment usually are not hiding something from anybody “
Colombia’s military has been implicated in numerous abuses over latest many years, typically below the banner of preventing towards rebel teams.
Between 2002 and 2008, troopers kidnapped and murdered 1000’s of civilians, declaring them insurgent combatants to be able to increase kill statistics. Earlier this 12 months, it was revealed that troopers had been spying on journalists regarded as investigating the navy.
“For many years, commanders within the Colombian military have supported and backed their troopers implicated in critical crimes – or helped them cowl their abuses,” mentioned José Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director of Human Rights Watch, on Tuesday morning. “It’s unsurprising that it took the military nearly 9 months to acknowledge that its troopers had been allegedly implicated on this abhorrent crime.”