World Fress Freedom successful journalist Jineth Bedoya on Monday accused the Colombian state of torture, rape and kidnapping throughout a digital listening to on the Inter-American Court docket of Human Rights.
“My life was destroyed, they killed me the morning of Could 25” 2000, mentioned Bedoya.
She testified that she was seized by a gaggle of right-wing paramilitaries from exterior a jail within the capital Bogota after which tortured and raped for 16 hours earlier than being deserted on the aspect of a street.
On the time, Bedoya was investigating an arms trafficking community working out of the La Modelo jail and claimed the state, together with an “influential” police chief, was complicit in her abduction.
The paramilitaries, a few of whom have already been convicted for the crimes dedicated towards Bedoya, had been right-wing militias that fought left-wing guerrillas throughout Colombia’s bloody 60-year battle. They had been dissolved in 2006.
Bedoya says she has since suffered twenty years of “persecution, intimidation and fixed threats.”
She requested for defense for herself and her mom, in addition to for the La Modelo jail to be closed down.
The jail was “the workplace that linked all of the crime within the nation at the moment,” she mentioned, including that it was a “image of impunity.”
The Inter-American Fee on Human Rights referred the case to the court docket in 2019, contemplating that the Colombian state had didn’t implement suggestions to research Bedoya’s case, pay damages and undertake measures to forestall a repeat of such incidents.
The fee mentioned the state knew the dangers Bedoya was taking however failed to guard her.
Colombia’s consultant on the listening to, Camilo Gomez, accused the court docket’s judges of “missing objectivity” and referred to as for them to be recused.
Each the court docket and fee are autonomous organs of the Group of American States.
The court docket’s choices are definitive and unappealable.