Due to the good journalism of Colombia Reports as well as FAIR, there has been some attention given to the scandal of U. S. military and military contractors sexually assaulting young women and girls in Colombia.
Colombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of the nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.
Echoes of victims call out to us over television or even twitter with bloodied images of civilians suffering. Those with empathy want to stop it. There is vast appeal for a fast fantasy of firepower solution
This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.
Clinton's allusion to Plan Colombia, an anti-narcotics initiative most distinguished for its contributions to human rights violations, sparked a minor uproar in Mexico. But the only surprising thing may be that she uttered it out loud.