U.N.: Executions of innocent civilians "systematic and widespread"
U.S.-backed Colombian forces killing civilians in counterinsurgency campaign
Top U.N. human rights officer: Killings could constitute a "crime against humanity"
President fired 25 army members after executions of at least 11 young men
BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Colombia's U.S.-backed security forces are engaging in "systematic and widespread" extrajudicial executions of innocent civilians as part of their counterinsurgency campaign, a top United Nations diplomat said Saturday.
"More than 10,000 indigenous Colombians have begun a protest march against President Alvaro Uribe. Marchers are protesting the militarization of their territories, the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, and the failure of Uribe’s administration to fulfill various accords with the indigenous communities. We speak to Rafael Coicué, an indigenous leader who lost sight in his left eye when he was assaulted by masked gunmen in his home, and Mario Murillo, a US journalist and professor currently in Colombia."
a sermon by John W. Wimberly, Jr.
Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church
October 28, 2007
Text: John 18:1-12
On September 2, 1945, a gray, grim day, General Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan’s surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. After all the documents were signed, General Douglas MacArthur stepped to a microphone and spoke to the entire world, “We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system (to resolve our differences by a means other than war) Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advance in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”
Have you, like me, been receiving a lot of email notes about political candidates? Some of these emails, like the political ads on TV, are not true. Before you forward an email to others about anyone, political candidate or any other human being, please remember the Ten Commandments: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" (Ex. 20:16; Deut. 5:20). Our church’s Heidelberg Catechism explains it:
Rev. Diego Higuita, Executive Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of
Colombia, will be in the U.S. preaching and giving presentations
about the effects of the violence suffered by the rural communities
with whom he has primarily worked. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from our partners in Colombia first hand!
Rev. Higuita will be visiting several presbyteries throughout the United States. Please see the following schedule and contact the presbyteries directly or visit their websites for details.