Fuerza Publica – Colombia
In 1998 president Bill Clinton signed into affect what would make Colombia the largest recipients of US military aid in the western hemisphere. Today, president Obama has continued to funnel billions of tax dollars to the Colombian military and police, going even further than his predecessors and installing seven US military bases.
The Obama administration’s aid package indicates that the new government in Washington is not only continuing the militaristic policies of the Bush administration in Colombia, but actually intensifying them by developing even closer ties to the worst human rights-abusing military in the Western Hemisphere.
Perhaps the most troubling human rights issue in Colombia today is the worsening crisis of forced displacement in the country’s rural regions. According to the Bogotá-based Consultancy on Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES), more than 380,000 Colombians were forcibly displaced by violence last year—a 24 percent increase over the previous year—making 2008 one of the worst years for displacement in the past two decades. With more than four million internally displaced persons, Colombia ranks second in the world after the Sudan.