Archive - Oct 2007

October 29th

October 27th

October 26th

October 25th

October 24th

COLOMBIA: "No" to recruitment for war, "yes" to recruitment for life

In recent weeks, canvas-covered work trucks have frequented the streets of Barrancabermeja, Colombia with a new kind of cargo--military recruits. The Colombian army picks up men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-seven who cannot immediately present documentation that proves they have already served in the military or that they fit one of the legal exemptions--displaced and Indigenous peoples, students, or primary family providers. While Colombia requires all young men to serve in the military, this specific recruitment practice of picking people up on the street and taking them directly to the battalion is considered irregular under Colombian law.

October 23rd