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Colombian Killings Undermine Human Rights

Three labor leaders killed in what an army commander claimed was a gunbattle were instead murdered by soldiers, Colombian prosecutors are now saying in a case highlighting U.S. concerns over Colombia’s human rights record. After Jorge Prieto, Leonel Goyeneche and Hector Alirio Martinez were shot down in northeast Colombia’s Arauca region on Aug. 5, the acting commander of the army’s U.S.-trained 18th Brigade said the three were Marxist guerrillas who died in a shootout with the military. Late Monday, the attorney general’s office disputed Col. Jairo Roman Mejia’s version and issued arrest warrants for three 18th Brigade soldiers for homicide. Full Story

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