Sunday, December 04, 2011
FARC's lack of concern for human lives
Just 8 days ago, on November 26, the bodies of four members of the Colombia security forces were found in a FARC run camp in Solano, Caqueta. The FARC had been holding the four members of the security forces for over 10 years and he bodies were only found because of a war between FARC and the Colombian army. The killing of captives by the FARC is a war crime and therefore the people responsible for the deaths of four innocent people should be brought to justice; however, it is highly unlikely that they will be. Even if the people responsible confess, they would receive a jail sentence that would be less than what they should actually get due to the Justice and Peace Law that was created in Colombia in 2005. The Justice and Peace Law offers reduced sentences to any and all members of a guerrilla group as long as they confess what they have done. The possibility of receiving a lighter sentence for committing a crime such as murder is not appropriate in any way. Rather, it gave way for individuals to commit more crimes for they knew that their prison sentence would be less if they confess than before the law was created. In my own opinion, the Colombian government needs to do something now before the FARC and other guerrilla or paramilitary groups get any worse.