Essay #2

HUMAN RIGHTS IN COLOMBIA AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted.

The Colombian government has a special protection program that seeks to protect those under threat. The Colombian embassy in Washington states that the protection program offers long term services based on specific needs of vulnerable individuals and groups. In spite of this the figures for the first semester of 2011 showed an increase of 126% in acts of aggressions committed against human rights defenders from 2010. Paramilitary groups were held responsible in 59% of the cases, state security forces were held responsible for 10% and the guerrilla groups 2%. Colombian officials have also been widely implicated in the work of human rights defenders, often making unfounded accusations linking them to guerrilla groups. Colombia reports that between August 2010 and June 2011, there were 104 murders with direct ramifications for human rights concerns in Colombia. Those murdered included human rights defenders, trade unionists and community leaders. On average, according to these figures, one murder took place every three days. Human rights defenders find little protection in the Colombian justice system; 784 human rights defenders were threatened, attacked or murdered between 2002 and 2009, there has been a conviction in only 10 of these cases.


People should stop judging, violating the rights of others, to get in a complete peace, without problems, deaths and wars. Respect the people and also their human rights.

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