CONSTERNATION OF THE IACHR OVER ATTACK
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
expresses its consternation at the bomb attack perpetrated in the early
hours of the morning of Sunday, April 7, 2002, in the La Granja district of
the city of Villavicencio, Meta department, Colombia, which produced at
least ten casualties and many wounded.
IACHR has repeatedly pronounced itself on the gravity of the growing number
of attacks perpetrated against the civilian population in Colombia.
Such actions flagrantly violate international humanitarian law and
could give rise to individual criminal responsibility for the perpetrators
and their accomplices at the international level. In light of the
information available about the origins and circumstances of this attack,
the IACHR must reiterate its firm repudiation of acts of indiscriminate
violence intended to cause panic amongst the civilian population, and it
trusts that the State should take all the necessary steps to investigate the
incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Washington D.C., April 9, 2002.