The representation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia rejected this Sunday the theft of the recorders of the Truth Commission that contain statements by Dairo Úsuga known as “Otoniel”, a fact denounced on Friday of last week.
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This was stated by the United Nations representative in Colombia, Juliette de Rivero, who asked the Colombian State, a counterpart to the 2016 Havana peace accords, to take immediate and urgent measures that it demanded to guarantee the work of the Commission of the truth.
The tape recorders and a computer were stolen from the residence of the Truth Commission investigator Eduardo Andrés Celis Rodríguez, as reported by the organization itself.
A statement from the representation of the multilateral organization states that “the Office rejects the serious facts denounced by the Truth Commission that put at risk the rights to integrity and life of those who make up the Commission and the right of the victims to the truth. “.
In this sense, the UN called for progress in the investigations into those responsible and the protection of the information collected by the justice body in the development of its mandate.
Similarly, they ask for what they call an “effective investigation, the clarification of the facts denounced by the Commission, the determination of those responsible and the protection of its officials and the information they collect in the development of their mandate.”
The @ComisionVerdadC rejects and denounces this fact that threatens one of its officials and the work of clarifying the armed conflict in the country and asks the competent authorities to diligently and effectively investigate the facts. https://t.co/1TQ1mpV5V0
— Truth Commission (@CommisionVerdadC)
February 19, 2022
The matter gains notoriety, after on Saturday the defense of the paramilitary chief requested to take refuge in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace with the argument that “Otoniel” collaborated in criminal actions in alliance with members of the Army and the defunct Administrative Department of Security (DAS). ).
“Otoniel” was arrested at the end of four months ago, but has so far refused to give names of soldiers who have links with armed organizations.