Cable 1045: Drug Cartels and Palm Oil Companies Target Catholic Priests in Northern Colombia

This is a 2008 US embassy report providing background information on increasing threats of violence directed at Catholic priests by drug cartels as well as right wing paramilitary personnel employed by palm oil companies in northern Colombia. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1044: Colombian Army Colonel Arrested for Involvement in “False Positive” Extrajudicial Killings

This is a 2008 US embassy report on the arrest of Colombian Army Col. Hernan Mejia for his role in organizing the murder of at least 20 civilians and later presenting the bodies to the media and government as left wing rebels who had been killed in combat. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1043: Arrest of Mayor Reveals Ties between Chiquita and Right Wing Paramilitary Groups in Colombia

This is a 2008 US embassy report providing background information on the arrest of Arnulfo Penuela Marin, the mayor of the town of Carepa and allegedly a primary link between Chiquita Brands international and illegal right wing paramilitary groups in the region. The cable also provides some information on the role of the Colombian Army in the 2005 massacre of 8 civilians in the town of La Resbaloza in northern Colombia. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1042: Paramilitary Drug Cartels Wage War in Colombia

This is a 2008 US embassy report describing rising levels of violence generated by drug cartels composed of former right wing paramilitary personnel in the departments of Antioquia and Cordoba in northern Colombia. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1041: Colombian President Denies Involvement in 1997 Paramiltary Massacre

This is a 2008 US embassy report on allegations that Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was involved in the 1997 massacre of 15 civilians by right wing paramilitary personnel working in conjunction with the Colombian Army in the town of El Aro in northwestern Colombia. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1040: 2008 Data on Violence Against Labor Activists in Colombia

This is a 2008 US embassy report addressing statistics on violent attacks and threats against union activists in Colombia. Link to Cable.

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Cable 1039: Military Personnel Tied to Drug Trafficking Organizations in Colombia

This is a 2008 US embassy report on the arrest of seven high-ranking Colombian Army officers for alleged ties to drug trafficking organizations. The officers were members of the 11th Brigade, a unit that lost US funding and support in 2007 due to “human rights concerns.” Link to Cable.

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