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Boletín de Prensa Internacional 19/06/09

La negativa de Colombia de extraditar al líder guerrillero es la decisión correcta
Los Ángeles Times (EE.UU.) Colombia's refusal to extradite guerrilla leader is the correct call

Editorial
Even though Americans were allegedly among his captives, Martin Sombra's countrymen need to seem him face justice in their own country.
Three of the 15 hostages rescued from leftist guerrillas last July in a daring sting operation by Colombian soldiers were American military contractors, so it's little surprise that the U.S. Department of Justice has been trying to extradite the man believed to have been one of their head jailers. Colombia's Supreme Court, however, was right to deny the request Wednesday.
A U.S. indictment maintains that Martin Sombra was directly responsible for the harsh treatment of Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves. Sombra was the prison director for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and over the course of 40 years he also imprisoned dozens, if not hundreds, of his own countrymen, including Franco-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt. ver>>


Como practica "relativamente sistemática", catalogó Philip Alston los falsos positivos en Colombia
El Nuevo Herald (EE.UU.) Denuncian mayor alcance de ejecuciones sumarias en Colombia

Las ejecuciones de ciudadanos inocentes que son reportados por el ejército como guerrilleros abatidos en combate no son responsabilidad de un puñado de "manzanas podridas'' de las Fuerzas Militares, como sostiene el gobierno de Colombia, sino una práctica relativamente sistemática que implica a un número significativo de miembros de esa institución, advirtió ayer Philip Alston, relator especial de Naciones Unidas.
Alston, relator para ejecuciones extrajudiciales, agradeció al gobierno colombiano la invitación al país y su cooperación "plena y sostenida'' con la misión, pero le pidió reconocer y detener los fusilamientos, conocidos como "falsos positivos''. En el argot militar la palabra positivo se usa para referirse a un éxito operativo. ver>>


Mugre y láminas de latón
The Economist (EE.UU.) Muck and brass plates

FOR more than 20 years Carmen Lasso has scrabbled a living of sorts for herself and her eight children by scavenging at a rubbish dump in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city. Her life has brought the occasional pleasant surprise, such as the silver ring crowned with a tiny light-blue stone that she gleaned from the trash, and now wears. Another came in April when Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled that she and tens of thousands of her fellow wastepickers should be officially recognised as “entrepreneurs”.
The ruling has a practical effect. The court ordered Cali’s city government to suspend the tender for a waste-management concession to give co-operatives of recicladores, as they are known, time to organise themselves and bid for the contract. The dump they worked at was shut down last year, as part of a reorganisation of waste disposal that has already seen three contracts given to private firms.  ver>>