The Colombian Rural Association (Asociación Campesina de Colombia) denounce the kidnapping of a minor by paramilitaries

The Colombian Rural Association (Asociación Campesina de Colombia) denounce the kidnapping of a minor by paramilitaries

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PUBLIC PRESS RELEASE No. 194 

GAITANIST PARAMILITARIES KIDNAP THE SON OF A MEMBER OF THE

THE ASSOCIATION IN THE RURAL AREA OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CUCUTA, 

NORTH OF SANTANDER.

 

The Colombian Rural Association “ASOGRAS COLOMBIA”, denounces before authorities, international and national communities, and human rights defenders associations.

I. We denounce nationally and internationally that on Wednesday, February 16, between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M, was kidnapped the son of the affiliate ELIECER MORALES of Asogras Colombia. The kidnapping took place in the village center of Palmarito, part of Banco de Arena, a rural area of the municipality of Cúcuta. The kidnapping was carried out by the paramilitary group of the GAITANISTAS that operates in the area, and which demand the payment of 50 million pesos for the release. At the time of the kidnapping, six (6) subjects armed with rifles, pistols, and uniforms of the military forces of Colombia were present.

 

II. The minor is YOLMER MORALES DURAN, he is sixteen (16) years old, and for whom these paramilitaries demand ransom in the amount previously announced, or else he would be killed. It should be noted that this minor is a farmer of the rural region of the municipality of Cúcuta at the North of Santander. The deadline expires today at 12:00 P.M. for the delivery of the 50 million pesos, otherwise he would be killed, according to the kidnappers; it should be clarified that the family is a very poor family, and cannot pay the sum of money asked for the ransom of the minor, by the Gaitanist paramilitaries.

 

REQUESTS

FIRST: We request the intervention of national and international human rights organizations, the intervention of the Catholic Church, the intervention of the Ombudsman’s Office, and the Regional Office of Santander North, the intervention of the United Nations, the national government, the Government of Santander North, the National CUT anf the North of Santander CUT, the mayor of Cúcuta, and all the organizations for the liberation of this child, who is kidnapped by the paramilitary groups operating in the North of Santander.

SECOND: We request that a Humanitarian Commission be formed for the intervention and liberation of the minor YOLMER MORALES DURAN, and to avoid him from being murdered by this Gaitanist paramilitary group.

 

BUCARAMANGA SANTANDER COLOMBIA, FEBRUARY 17, 2022.

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