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May 27, 1988
Panama and Cuba, both targets of U.S. economic sanctions, as well as Colombia won three-year terms to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the major U.N. organization working to promote and protect human rights. Western diplomats said the election of Cuba, which has been accused by the United States of widespread human rights violations, had been expected because of its strong standing in the Nonaligned Movement.
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October 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Colombia's best-known leftist guerrilla group, M-19, will lay down its arms Dec. 15 if the government honors the terms of a peace agreement, its leader said. Commander Carlos Pizarro said in a radio interview that the group would hand over its weapons to an international organization, but he gave no further details. According to a local television report, the guerrillas have invited U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to witness the demobilization.
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October 30, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Colombia's best-known leftist guerrilla group, M-19, will lay down its arms Dec. 15 if the government honors the terms of a peace agreement, its leader said. Commander Carlos Pizarro said in a radio interview that the group would hand over its weapons to an international organization, but he gave no further details. According to a local television report, the guerrillas have invited U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to witness the demobilization.
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February 14, 1989
One person is murdered every three hours in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, and homicide is the main cause of death among adult males in the country as a whole, according to a U.N. report prepared for the current session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The 39-page document calls Colombia's record of violence "astounding." There were 3,413 violent deaths with political motives between January and October last year, according to a two-member U.N.
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May 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
MEDELLIN, Colombia -- At least nine people were killed, including two children, when gun battles erupted Tuesday between government troops and Marxist rebels on the streets of Colombia's third-largest city, authorities said. The hours-long daylight clashes sent dozens of screaming residents, many waving white flags, running for cover as hundreds of heavily armed soldiers and police backed by armored vehicles chased rebels in a crowded hillside slum in Medellin.
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March 21, 2010 | By Chris Kraul
Think of the 10 women who just had their fallopian tubes tied at a clinic in northern Colombia as foot soldiers in Erwin Goggel's lonely war on overpopulation and poverty. A film producer and heir to a dairy fortune, Goggel is offering nine-acre plots rent-free to poor men and women who agree to have vasectomies and tubal ligations. He pays for all the surgical procedures, including the 10 operations performed late last month in Monteria, the capital of Cordoba state, about 30 miles south of here.
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