Human Rights Watch report finds rape, murder and kidnappings on both sides of border, where people are unable to move freely. Guerrilla groups have supplanted state rule on both sides of the lawless border between Venezuela and Colombia, where they impose their own brutal rules on civilians, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch HRW. HRW documented abuses including murder, kidnappings, disappearances, child recruitment and rape. The groups act with impunity thanks to limited state authorities on both sides of the porous border where they impose their own rules. Two of the groups have even handed out a manual for residents of the region.
Armed rebels impose brutal rules in Venezuela-Colombia border region | Venezuela | The Guardian
Nearly 5, refugees holed up in small Colombian town of Arauquita, having fled intense and continuing battles. Hours later the sounds of gunfire and explosions shook the walls, and she and her husband dived for cover. We almost fell into the river in the panic. Witnesses have described human rights abuses at the hands of the FANB soldiers, including home break-ins and forced disappearances, though independent observers have so far not been able to verify the claims.
Armed rebels impose brutal rules in Venezuela-Colombia border region
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They impose their own rules, and to enforce compliance they threaten civilians on both sides of the border, subjecting those who do not obey to punishments ranging from fines to forced labor to killings. Residents live in fear. Human Rights Watch visited Arauca in August , documenting a range of abuses on both sides of the border. We interviewed people, including community leaders, victims of abuses and their relatives, humanitarian actors, human rights officials, judicial officials, and journalists.