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Human rights can’t be negotiated or eliminated

Human rights defender Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez talks exclusively to John van der Luit-Drummond on why he is hopeful for Colombia's future and why the UK must remain committed to its international obligations

9 June 2015

On 6 and 7 November 1985, members of the M-19 guerrilla group entered the Palacio de Justicia in Bogota, Colombia, taking 300 people, including 24 justices and 20 other judges, as hostages. A siege soon developed. Over 100 people later died when the Colombian military stormed the court. Among the dead were 11 of the country's 25 Supreme Court judges.

'The point that has always concerned us about this case is that it seems the armed forces and security forces knew that the guerrillas were going to enter the palace, and why they removed protection from it, and why they exposed the judges to danger,' says human rights lawyer Jorge Eliecer Molano Rodriguez.

Yet Molano explains that the most disturbing part of this massacre was in learning how Spanish television showed that eight cafeteria workers, and three visitors, as well as a member of M-19, left the palace alive that day only to never b...

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