Weekly Report - 14 April 2022 (WR-22-15)

COLOMBIA: ‘Putumayo massacre’ ignites security debates

President Iván Duque’s administration is continuing to suffer the fallout from a deadly military operation carried out in the southern department of Putumayo on 28 March, with Defence Minister Diego Molano Aponte facing mounting pressure to resign over what has been variously dubbed a “massacre,” a “war crime,” or, in a clumsy defence by the army’s top commander Eduardo Zapateiro Altamiranda, “not the first operation in which pregnant women and children have died”. The government’s apparent initial attempt to pass off civilian casualties as felled guerrillas has ignited debates over security policy ahead of the first round of presidential elections on 29 May.

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