Lieutenant Colonel Igbert Marín Chaparro, who was head of the Ayala Battalion of Fuerte Tiuna, announced the start of his hunger strike on November 22 through a statement. In the letter, the Army officer assured that he has survived “kidnapping” for almost five years in the basement of the Dgcim, where he affirms that he has been subjected to “several and systematic violations of human rights.”
Relatives of Lieutenant Colonel Igbert Marín Chaparro recalled this Monday, December 12, that the soldier, detained at the headquarters of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim), has been on a hunger strike for 21 days demanding his minimum rights, his transfer to another detention center and the release of all political prisoners in the country.
Through its Twitter accountthe military’s relatives have requested support for him to be released or transferred to the Los Teques Military Processing Center –known as the Ramo Verde prison– as ordered by a court in December 2020. They also denounced that, to date, He has not received a visit from the 94th Human Rights Prosecutor’s Office to take a statement on the reasons for his protest.
They also recalled that he has suffered a “systematic violation of all his fundamental rights”, including due process and the right to defense, denial of food and medical assistance. They also asked prosecutor Tarek William Saab to focus “on carrying out a transparent investigation. The corresponding responsibilities must be established and their personal integrity must be guaranteed to all those detained in Dgcim.
Igbert Marín Chaparro demands that his minimum rights be respected, his transfer to another detention center and the release of all political prisoners in the country.
– Free Igbert (@liberenaigbert) December 12, 2022
Lieutenant Colonel Igbert Marín Chaparro, who was head of the Ayala Battalion of Fuerte Tiuna, announced the start of his hunger strike on November 22 through a statement. In the letter, the Army officer assured that he has survived “kidnapping” for almost five years in the basement of the Dgcim, where he affirms that he has been subjected “to various and systematic violations of human rights.”
Marín Chaparro also indicated that his conditions within this organization have worsened, since he is constantly subjected to various cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatments. Because of this, he made the decision to start a hunger strike, which he will continue indefinitely until he achieves his goals.
This is the second hunger strike that the political prisoner has undergone. In mid-December 2021, another protest began to demand the same points.
Beatings, isolation, denial of medical assistance and food, and psychological violence are some of the situations that Lieutenant Igbert Marín Chaparro has experienced, who in December 2020 was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.
The military asks for a visit on site from a commission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, the International Red Cross, the Apostolic Nuncio; the Colombian ambassador, as well as a delegation from European countries.
Meetings and conversations about the situation in the country among a group of Army officers led Army Lieutenant Colonel Igbert Marín Chaparro to prison. He was arrested on March 16, 2018 inside those facilities by Dgcim officials and was forcibly disappeared during his first days of detention, until he was presented in military courts. There he was accused of alleged treason, a crime that was later eliminated during the trial, incitement to rebellion and crimes against military decorum.
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