UN condemns violations of children in the conflict in Colombia | News

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The United Nations (UN) warned this Wednesday that the child population in Colombia is the main victim of the social and armed conflict in the country, despite the fact that the number of crimes against minors fell after the signing of the Peace Accords.

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According to the report published by the agency, at least 220 minors were recruited by irregular armed groups during the period from July 2019 to June of last year.

“Between July 2019 and June 2021, the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office issued 94 early warnings to prevent possible human rights violations in the regions affected by the conflict,” the UN stressed.

The United Nations specified that a total of 118 children, some of whom were only two years old, were victims of murder, mutilation, or sometimes torture; It should be noted that three Venezuelans were registered among the massacred infants.

On the other hand, the UN estimates that in the age range of two to 15 years of age, 14 Colombians suffered from sexual violence, not counting those cases that have not been reported out of fear.

“The concentration of violence in some regions, such as Antioquia, Caquetá, Cauca, Chocó, Guaviare, Putumayo and Valle del Cauca, is due to the limited presence of the State, difficulties in guaranteeing social and cultural rights, illicit economies, the presence of armed groups and high levels of poverty, “said the official document.

In this sense, Colombian civil society organizations urged that the peace talks between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army be deepened, seeking to stop violent crimes, including the recruitment of infants and adolescents.

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