José Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch director (HRW) for the Americas, reiterated the false positives were committed in a systematic, generalized way and compromised all divisions of the Colombian Army and were used to inflate figures and favor the perception of ‘ security’.
The “false positives”, one of the darkest chapters of the Colombian armed conflict, involve some 1,500 soldiers who deceived civilians to assassinate them and present better results to their superiors and in this way obtain permits, awards and other benefits. In addition, the news caused the discussion to reignite about those responsible for these crimes that were committed in the middle of the armed conflict, which for many is just information that has an ideological bias.
The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) revealed on February 18 that at least 6,402 Colombians were victims of deaths unlawfully presented as combat casualties between 2002 and 2008 in a statement, the same period in which Álvaro Uribe Vélez was president of Colombia.
According to the document, there are six territories in general where most of the cases occurred, these are Antioquia, Costa Caribe, Norte de Santander, Huila, Casanare and Meta, however, 66% of the total victims were presented in 10 departments of 32.
Faced with the version given by Álvaro Uribe Vélez, where he assured that “rewards were never offered to members of the Armed Forces, certainly not for casualties in combat,” José Miguel Vivanco, director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW ), denied the politician and accused him of wanting to distort the false positive story through his twitter account.
In the Twitter thread, the director of HRW began by noting “1) Uribe says that” rewards were never offered to members of the Armed Forces, much less for casualties in combat. Fake. There were directives that awarded rewards and there is clear evidence of these payments. See these testimonies and fragments of military books of the time ”, together with the attached message, images of some documents and continued with 8 more tests.
He reiterated his rejection of these cases and stated that the figures presented by the JEP show that the democratic security policy resulted in casualties that constituted cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians, whom they deceived with a job offer.
The democratic security policy was a government policy that Uribe proposed in the period from 2002 to 2010 and raised the need to strengthen the activities and presence of the security organs throughout the national territory, and that at the same time society should collaborate to obtain satisfactory military success against illegal armed groups.
On the other hand, the director of HRW, referring to the victims of this policy, pointed out that “They disguised them and set up a crime scene to say that they were guerrillas. Those who did, secured promotions, vacations, promotions and even money. We have studied the false positives thoroughly, and there is no similar example in the world. ”