Gustavo Petro calls false positives a crime against humanity | News

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The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, declared this Thursday his rejection of the crimes against humanity perpetrated in past governments, "systematically murdering thousands of innocent young people."


Social leader murdered in Sucre, Colombia

The president made this statement on his account in of "a massacre" by murdering 303 people in the department of Casanare (east), becoming "false positives."

“Not even in the worst military dictatorships in Latin America did they reach this point and such a volume of murders. Justice has established the figure of 6,402 young people murdered by officials of other governments,” denounced the Colombian president.

At the hearing, where more than 120 relatives of victims were present, the senior military officer pleaded guilty for "more than 80 murders" carried out by members of the Infantry Battalion No.44 "Ramón Nonato Pérez" (Birno).

“I have expressed that justice should not be used for revenge but rather through the truth to reach a moment of social reconciliation. Now I think you can understand the concept of Derrida, the philosopher, when he spoke of Social Forgiveness. This does not come from the State, but from the victims and society,” said the head of state.

Likewise, he pointed out that guarantees of non-repetition are achieved “not only with institutional changes, but with transformations of society itself. In that sense, he highlighted the reforms presented to Congress in terms of universal rights at work, in education, in health and in public services.

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