Army’s Round-ups of Youth Continue

Army’s Round-ups of Youth Continue

Army's Round-ups of Youth Continue
By Liza Smith

On October 26, two young men from the small town of San Francisco, Antioquia were in Bogota and fell victim to an illegal street round-up. FOR has brought many delegations to this town, where the Antioquia Peasant Association (ACA), an organization FOR accompanies, works. After the round-up, the young men were taken to Arauca state and incorporated into the military ranks there.

The recruitment of these young men was illegal in three ways. First, they were recruited in a street round-up: a systematic practice of the Colombian army targeting youth who haven’t “resolved their military status,” despite the fact that the Constitutional Court declared them illegal in November of 2011.

Second, they were taken to Arauca. According to Colombian law, new recruits must be trained for a minimum of three months before they can be thrown into a high-risk situation or hot zone, like Arauca.
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