Violent Deaths of Youth Increase in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo February 04, 2013 Violent deaths of young people under the age of 23 have increased in Honduras during the three years of Porfirio Lobo’s government, compared to former administrations, Casa Alianza, a non-governmental organization for the protection of children, reported on January 31. “During the 35 months (January 2010-December 2012) in the current administration of Porfirio Lobo, 2,782 deaths of young people in that age group have been reported”, the institution said in a 41 page statement. Casa Alianza, which started operations in Honduras in February 1998, has counted 8,005 executions of youngsters under the age of 23 as a result of a monthly based mass media monitoring. While in 1998 the rate was of 44.44 cases per month, during the current administration it climbed up to 79.48. “It can be seen that the monthly rate of violent deaths and/or executions of children and young people in Honduras are progressively increasing,” said the report. Only in December 2012, 80 young people under 23 died, of which 20 were children between 0 and 17 years old (25%), and 60 were between 18 and 23 (75%). A firearm was used in 87% of cases, and a knife or similar weapon in 7% of cases. According to the organization, “there is an execution pattern in cases where the corpses were found with signs of torture, shots in the head and torso, tied by the hands and feet, wrapped in sheets, heads in plastic bags and scotch tape, neck and shoulder wounds, dismembered corpses inside bags or left by some river or ravine.” Honduras is facing a wave of crime by which the country ranks first in homicides worldwide, with 92 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations.last_img read more

Colombia Fights FARC’s Recruitment of Minors

first_img Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. The campaign reaches beyond seminars, pamphlets, and radio and TV commercials. As part of the initiative, the Colombian federal government has trained thousands of members of the Armed Forces in prevention efforts and protocols to be followed when dealing with minors who escaped or were rescued from the FARC. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Soldiers put those protocols to use on October 21 in the Department of Antioquia, where the Colombian National Army engaged in a series of gun battles with FARC operatives. After the fighting, they found a 14 year-old-girl crying next to the lifeless body of a man known by the alias “Chamaría,” who was the leader of FARC’s Fifth Front. The 36-year-old terrorist illegally recruited the girl in 2012, when he removed her from her family. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. Since the defense minister launched the program, the campaign has reached more than 33,500 people in dozens of high-risk municipalities throughout the country. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. Helping children who once worked for the FARC Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The FARC is the largest terrorist group involved in the recruitment of children and teenagers, but other illegal organizations also target the young. In fact, some FARC fronts rely heavily on minors. For example, about 60 percent of the FARC’s Seventh and First fronts consist of children and adolescents, according to federal government estimates. The FARC, ELN, and BACRIMS are particularly active recruiting minors in Antioquia – the most severely affected department – as well as Guaviare, Tolima, Meta, Norte de Santander, Cauca and Nariño, according to the Ministry of Defense. Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. In addition to conferences and a broad media campaign that includes t-shirts, pamphlets and radio and television commercials, “Enough, here I am free” also sponsors “Play for Life,” a series of seminars conducted in 14 municipalities to promote sports such as soccer as positive alternatives to drugs and violence. Since 2002, more than 4,000 minors have been linked to illegal armed groups, according to the Group for the Humanitarian Assistance to the Demobilized (GAHD), which is a Ministry of Defense entity. Between 5,000 and 18,000 minors are currently in the ranks of Colombian terrorist groups and criminal gangs, according to estimates by the United Nations (UN). The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Recruitment of minors on the rise since 2002 Illegal armed groups take advantage of the poverty that thousands of minors and their families endure in rural areas, according to the GAHD. Additionally to promising them money, terrorist recruiters lure children and teenagers with promises of power and material goods that they would otherwise be unable to purchase on their own, such as cellphones and computer tablets. By Dialogo December 05, 2014 Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents. “Illegal recruitment happens every day,” said Col. Carlos Lasprilla, chief of the Illegal Recruitment Prevention Unit for the Ministry of Defense. “It is a systematic practice for the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and criminal gangs (BACRIM)”. Throughout the country, military and police authorities have made similar rescues of teenagers and children who had been recruited by the FARC. In mid-October, police in the Department of Tolima rescued a girl, 13, and a boy, 15, who reported that they had been physically and psychologically abused during the several months they were with the guerrilla group. And in September, the Army freed five minors from the FARC in the Department of Cauca. The terrorist group had forced one of the minors, who was only 10, to participate in grueling physical training. The soldiers took care of her and quickly placed her in the custody of Colombia’s Family Welfare Institute. Through various programs, more than a half-dozen military and civilian organizations are participating in the effort, including the Colombian National Army, the Ministry of Defense, the Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Police Group to Protect Children and Adolescents, the Family Welfare Institute, and others. Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón launched the initiative in November 2011, when he announced the “Enough, here I am free” program. This is a national campaign to raise awareness about the FARC’s efforts to recruit youngsters. “These groups have been committing this crime for 50 years now, and unfortunately, these crimes have been invisible,” Col. Lasprilla said. The FARC, the ELN, and organized crime groups began stepping up their recruitment of minors since about 2002. Some of the FARC’s leaders have established specific goals for the number of children and teenagers they want to recruit, and to meet those quotas they’ll target children as young as 8 years old. Since Pinzón announced the program, the Ministry of Defense has organized hundreds of workshops to educate children, adolescents and parents about the false promises of FARC recruiters. FARC operatives often try to lure children and adolescents with the prospect of money, but those inducements are hollow; many end up working in remote camps for little or no money, with little food, and with no opportunities to contact their families. “Minors do not think about risks. The recruiters are taking advantage of that,” said Col. Lasprilla. “In 50 years, the guerrillas have not made one, single gesture towards freeing these children. We must rescue them.” Every action taken to benefit youth is welcomed, but as long as there is poverty and marginalization of education, health and employment, there will always be other illegitimate forms of survival. The government must enforce the rights of every Colombian using the public forces in all of Colombia. Please, the channel has been damaged since Sunday and we have not been able to see the news or any programs. All you can see are lines Sadly, the Santos administration and the military forces have knelt before the FARC and outlaw groups. Great for the good job they do in saving human beings Santos subjugated the military forces in order to keep the FARC criminals happy It means to be with family and all together share something very special Congratulations Colombia President Dr. Juan Manuel Santos God the most Holy enlighten the paths of our Colombian army to move forward with the peace process so that the insurgents return to the path of freedom they are human beings to be reintegrated into their families, in their homes in spite of being kept away from the light of hope and its strengthening hope shines to bring back their rights the holy Virgin and the Lord will enlighten them. We are nothing, we are all the same, no to discrimination long live decency and human development of a person’s being. Mr. Alvira talking about the pothole filling machine on the news, I don’t know how supervision works on how it effectively carries out its assigned function, but in April-March 2014 they came to Hwy 8 and 69 and filled the craters and today we again see the deterioration of this highway, more precisely in front of Hwy 8, Num. 69-70 THE COLOMBIAN PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT, EXPRESSLY AND TACITLY, THE COLOMBIAN ARMY IN THIS EFFORT AGAINST TERRORISM As long as the media continues to teach youth how those who commit crime do it, youth will continue to learn how to commit crimes…HUMBERTO GUARIN GOMEZlast_img read more