Investigation into Alleged Rape of Indigenous Girls in Colombia by Soldiers
Colombian Authorities Open Investigation Against 6 Soldiers After Complaints of Rape and Sexual Exploitation
The Colombian government and authorities have opened an investigation into six military personnel accused of raping a 15-year-old indigenous adolescent from the Nukak community in the department of Guaviare, Colombia. This is in response to complaints published on social networks about the members of the Army abusing indigenous girls.
In response to these events, Colombian President Gustavo Petro spoke about the controversy concerning the rape of minors:
“I have asked that a commission from the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare (ICBF) and the Presidency immediately travel to Guaviare and address the complaints of rape of minors,” he said on his social networks.
The Office of the Delegate Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights is currently examining the evidence material and transferring it to the department to investigate the complaints of sexual exploitation of girls.
In addition to this, the Ombudsman’s Office has taken action to investigate these claims, in combination with a team of the Delegates for Children and Women visiting San José del Guaviare to evaluate the authorities’ responses to the community’s complaints
This week, another allegation surfaced that a US military man raped a 10-year-old indigenous girl, resulting in her pregnancy which further led to public outcry and demands for justice.
At present, a disciplinary process is underway against the six members of the National Army for the rape of the 15-year-old Nukak member and encouraged by the President, all investigations will markedly begin to investigate the actions of the authorities.