Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on
Hearing on Biodiversity
Humanitarian Zone, Cacarica
February 24 to 27, 2007
ACCUSATION AGAINST THE TRANSNATIONAL
Prepared by the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective, Corporación Colectivo de Abogados “José Alvear Restrepo.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE
2. DYNCORP IN THE WORLD
ACTS IMPLICATING DYNCORP IN THE COMMISSION OF CRIMES IN
5. DYNCORP’S RESPONSIBILITY IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
5.1 Concerning its mercenary activity:
5.1.1 Mercenaryism as a premeditated crime
5.1.2 Mercenaryism as a crime committed by subjects classified as profit-seeking
126.96.36.199 Mercenaryism as a mechanism for human rights violations guaranteeing States do not attend to their international human rights obligations.
5.1.3 Mercenaryism as a fundamental aspect in consolidating power opposed to
the respect for human rights and the right of peoples to free self-determination.
5.2 Concerning its responsibility in the affectation of communities exposed to chemical aerial spraying
5.2.1 Violation to the rights to food and work
5.2.2 Violation to the rights to health and life
5.2.3 Violation to the right to a healthy environment
6. GROUNDS FOR ACCUSATION
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE
DynCorp is a private security company created in 1946 “by
a group of US pilots, under the name of California Eastern Airways Inc. as an
air freight business. It has used its present name since
The following principal facts concerning this enterprise are available on the Internet:
DynCorp International Inc 
Robert B. McKeon, Chairman
Private military contractor, aircraft maintenance
Drug eradication, law enforcement training, logistics, security services; maintenance for aircraft, support equipment, and weapons systems.
$1,967.0 Million USD (2006)
$7.2 Million USD (2006)
We are innovation in action
According to information available on the Internet, “DynCorp was acquired in 2003 by the California-based Computer Sciences Corporation, specialized in information technologies and very well positioned before the Pentagon.” 
In 2005, DynCorp International was reportedly bought by Veritas Capital Fund LP,
whose president is Robert B. McKeon, residing at 590 Madison Avenue, 41st Floor,
New York City, New York, 10021 (telephone: (212) 688-0020).  It has also been
asserted that this enterprise has “its
Several subsidiaries of this enterprise are listed on the Internet, including: DynCorp International Inc., DynCorp International LLC, DynCorp Aerospace Operations LLC, DynCorp International of Nigeria LLC, and DynCorp International Services LLC, all of which are registered in the United States.  In any case, a common element to be highlighted from the available information is that one of the board members is former CIA director James Woolsey.
According to information from this enterprise’s webpage, “DynCorp International is a multifaceted professional-services and project-management company” operating principally as a “provider of critical military and civilian support to governments” and as an “important commercial business in aviation, infrastructure development, security, and logistics, including international projects to build and manage regional air facilities […] of the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world, for foreign governments flying American aircraft, and for commercial aviation.” 
As a part of its corporate development, this enterprise broadened its activities
to include project security management. “To
date, we have recruited, trained, and deployed more than 5,000 highly-qualified
civilian peacekeepers and police trainers to 11 countries, including
DynCorp’s corporate evolution may be summarized in five stages. First, in 1951 the enterprise limited its activity to aircraft maintenance. Second, in 1994 the US State Department proposed it train and deploy 120 civilian peacekeepers as a part of this country’s UN commitment to keep the peace in Haiti, which is an activity it continues to carry out and since then has “recruited, trained, and deployed more than 5,000 highly skilled and experienced law-enforcement officers to perform civilian policing functions or train civilian police for the Department of State in Haiti, Albania, Bosnia, Slovenia, Kosovo, East Timor, Liberia, Macedonia, Serbia, the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, and Iraq.” 
Third, in 2000, the enterprise established “a Web-based enterprise information system” called DynInsight, “that offers users open-book access to program data in near-real time.” 
Fourth, in 2005, the enterprise initiated a number of services relating to advanced technology and highly skilled personal in perimeter control and protection, among other elements, which combined to improve security industry services.
Lastly, in 2006 the enterprise began to employ aerial technology to control
forest fires in the
As can be seen, the activity of this enterprise is as varied as its size may allow, bearing in mind that it has almost 15,000 employees, operates on all continents, and boasts an annual revenue of nearly two billion dollars.
2. DYNCORP IN THE WORLD
When Veritas Capital Fund finalized the purchase of DynCorp, it issued a press release that described the activities of the enterprise as such:
“Currently DynCorp International provides
services through two operating divisions: Field Training Services (FTS) and
International Technical Services (ITS). FTS provides aviation services and
engineering and logistical support, ranging from fleet maintenance to
modifications and overhauls on weapons systems, aircraft and support equipment
to the DoD. The Division Contract Field Teams (CFT) deploy personnel teams to
customers to supplement a customer's workforce. FTS also provides domestic
aviation services to owners and operators of large aircraft fleets, including
Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Hood, and
Along these lines, DynCorp continues to render the service mercenaries for
DynCorp’s revenue principally comes from contracting its services with US
security agencies, including the State Department, the Defense Department, the
DEA, the FBI, the Prison Department, and the US Army.
 Other contracting agencies have included the Federal Aviation
the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control.
“It is responsible for the maintenance of
80% of NASA ships and 60% of the
According to available information, DynCorp currently has contracts to advise the Iraqi and Haitian governments on training their police forces, judicial agencies, and prison institutions, is in charge of the private security of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, make up the core of the police force in Bosnia, and is in charge of the border posts between the US and Mexico. 
Its presence in countries receiving US military assistance (either in low intensity situations or in settings involving open US intervention) have produced important scandals, directly implicating the enterprise in the commission of crimes and human rights violations.
For instance, in the 1980’s the enterprise was implicated in the Iran-Contra
scandal. In the 1990’s, the enterprise became a fundamental component for the
In order to further illustrate these references, the following episodes will be summarized.
A company subcontracted by DynCorp was implicated in
“The enterprise Eagle Aviation Services and Technology, Inc. –EAST-, subcontracted by DynCorp, helped lieutenant colonel Oliver North, during the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980’s, transport weapons and munitions for the Nicaraguan Contras in their fight against the Sandinista government.” 
More specifically,  “In the 1980s, EAST and its founder, Richard Gadd, helped North, then a National Security Council official, secretly supply weapons and ammunition to Nicaragua's Contra rebels at a time that Congress had banned the government from providing lethal aid.
North also arranged for another of Gadd's companies to win a State Department
contract to deliver legal, humanitarian aid. That created what Iran-Contra
Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh called ‘a rare occasion that a
Revelations of the Contra arms operation and that it had been partly funded by
weapons sales to
[…] In his Iran-Contra testimony, Gadd said EAST was one of several companies he formed after retiring in 1982 as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force, where he specialized in covert operations.
In the 1980s, the Contra rebels were trying to topple
North turned to retired Gen. Richard Secord to set up a private arms pipeline to
the Contras. Secord hired Gadd in 1985 to oversee the weapons delivery.
EAST, Gadd helped acquire planes to carry arms and ammunition from
In the Balkans, DynCorp was in charge of training the police force in
“In 1999, DynCorp employees in
"In the latter part of 1999
According to investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O'Meara, rather than acknowledge and reward Johnston's effort to get this behavior stopped, DynCorp fired him, forcing him into protective custody by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) until the investigators could get him safely out of Kosovo and returned to the United States.
"I heard talk about the prostitution right away, but it took some time before I understood that they were buying these girls. I'd tell them that it was wrong and that it was no different than slavery - that you can't buy women. But they'd buy the women's passports and they [then] owned them and would sell them to each other.
‘None of the girls,’ continues
According to DynCorp employee Kevin Werner's sworn statement to CID:
‘During my last six months I have come to know a man we call 'Debeli,' which is Bosnian for fat boy. He is the operator of a nightclub by the name of Harley's that offers prostitution. Women are sold hourly, nightly or permanently.’ Werner admitted to having purchased a woman to get her out of prostitution and named other DynCorp employees who also had paid to own women.
According to the investigation report, under Paragraph 5 of the NATO Agreement between the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia regarding the status of NATO and its personnel, contractors ‘were not immune from local prosecution if the acts were committed outside the scope of their official duties.’
Kelly Patricia O'Meara
it was incredible the CID case was closed in June 2000 and turned over to
Bosnian authorities. DynCorp says it conducted its own investigation, and
Hirtz and Werner were fired by DynCorp and returned to the
[…] Christine Dolan, founder of the International Humanitarian Campaign Against the Exploitation of Children, a Washington-based nonprofit organization, told Insight: "What is surprising to me is that DynCorp has kept this contract. The U.S. says it wants to eradicate trafficking of people, has established an office in the State Department for this purpose, and yet neither State nor the government-contracting authorities have stepped in and done an investigation of this matter." 
Lastly, other denunciations of abuses were reported; nonetheless they also remained unpunished. “Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. International Police Force monitor filed a lawsuit in Britain in 2001 against DynCorp for firing her after she reported that DynCorp police trainers in Bosnia were paying for prostitutes and participating in sex trafficking. Many of the DynCorp employees were forced to resign under suspicion of illegal activity. But none were prosecuted, since they enjoy immunity from prosecution in Bosnia.” 
three years of military rule, the
US troops remained in the country until 1999. The Haitian armed forces were
disbanded and the
DynCorp has always functioned as a cut-out for Pentagon and CIA covert operations.’ Under DynCorp advice in Haiti, former Tonton Macoute and Haitian military officers involved in the 1991 coup d'état were brought into the HNP.” 
This case demonstrates the mercenary characteristic of DynCorp, which carries out its “trainings” with total indifference to political, humanitarian and ethical considerations.
Currently, the largest occupying force in
DynCorp has reportedly been awarded contracts worth US $750 million dollars to
train Iraqi police forces, as it had done in
Recently, Stuart Bowen, the special
Meanwhile, emphasis is drawn to the immunity of said contractors in the
countries where they operate, such as
One episode in particular should be highlighted:
Thorold [BBC journalist] reported seeing the Afghan transport minister receive a
slap from one of Mr. Karzai's security guards on a visit to the northern city of
In other words, their power and impunity reaches such a level that they may even assault senior government officials in the countries where they operate.
According to information available on the Internet, DynCorp “presented
According to information available at the Colombian Chamber of Commerce, DynCorp
Aerospace Operation (UK) LTD. is based in the
“[DynCorp] has a social purpose of
providing support services for bilateral anti-narcotics programs between the
Although other transnational security enterprises operate in Colombia under
mercenary operation arrangements, including ARINC, Grupo Rendon, ACS Defense,
Lockheed- Martin, Northrop Grumman Corp., ManTech, TRW, Matcom, ALION, and
California Microwave Systems,  without a doubt, DynCorp is the most
representative and has operated in Colombia the longest. Furthermore, it has the
largest service contracts with Plan
According to the Colombian Ministry of Defense:
The support offered by these personnel will be for training, providing equipment for tactical units, and the design of infrastructure projects to support anti-narcotics activities by the public force.
Furthermore, personnel from the public force will be offered training and instruction in human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as the strengthening of military criminal justice.
Likewise, personnel will also receive support to strengthen and improve their capabilities in public force logistics systems (SILOG), in maintenance and adaptation of aircraft designated for the fight against drug-trafficking, and in improving medical units in theaters of operation through the Trauma and Rescue Aerial Group (GATRA).” 
On October 27, 2000, DynCorp was registered with the legal registration of
Robert B. Allenger, Jr., residing
It has been stated that DynCorp first entered in
These instruments date from the multilateral treaty: “Inter-American Treaty for Reciprocal Assistance”, adopted in Rio de Janeiro in 1947 as a part of the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Continental Peace and Security, at which time it was considered “that the obligation of mutual assistance and common defense of the American Republics is essentially related to their democratic ideals and to their will to cooperate permanently in the fulfillment of the principles and purposes of a policy of peace.” 
1952, abilateral agreement was signed for “Military Assistance between the Republic of Colombia and the United States of America.”  In its Article 5, guarantees were agreed upon concerning the joint military missions:
“Each Government agrees to receive personnel of the other Government who will discharge responsibilities of the latter Government in connection with the implementation of this Agreement. Such personnel will be accorded facilities to observe the progress of assistance furnished pursuant to this Agreement. Such personnel who are nationals of that other country, including personnel temporarily assigned, will, in their relations with the Government of the country to which they are assigned, operate as a part of the Embassy under the direction and control of the Chief of the Diplomatic Mission of the Government of the sending country, and shall be accorded all privileges and immunities conferred by international custom to Embassy personnel of corresponding rank […].”
As a part of
“Article 3. The Government of Colombia will receive a special mission and its personnel to discharge the responsibilities of the Government of the United States of America hereunder and will consider this special mission and its personnel as part of the diplomatic mission of the Government of the United States of America in Colombia for the purpose of receiving the privileges and immunities accorded to that mission and its personnel of comparable rank.” 
“Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Colombia concerning an Army Mission, a Naval Mission and an Air Force Mission of the United States of America Armed Forces in the Republic of Colombia” was signed in 1974. It aimed to provide ongoing technical and consulting cooperation to the Colombian Army, Navy, and Air Force. Article 12 of said agreement agreed to the following:
Members of the Service Missions of the
This agreement makes it possible for US military missions in
In September 2000, and considering “the Government of the United States of America agrees to furnish financial, material, economic, technical and related assistance to the Government of the Republic of Colombia designed to strengthen the capability of the Colombian government in support of the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illegal Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, to which both Colombia and the United States are signatory parties, the Plan Colombia national strategy, and the Government of the Republic of Colombia's National Plan to Combat Drugs,”  the Colombian and US governments signed the “Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance.”
In short, this agreement guarantees the implementation of Plan
These policies were carried out through the following focus areas: institutional strengthening, humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons, and productive projects, among other initiatives, which were meant for the coca-growing population, the promotion of environmental sustainability and, lastly, the development of an “infrastructure for peace” (based on a dialogue process with the FARC guerrilla group).
Such an ambitious project could only be undertaken under the premise of the
co-responsibility of the international community with
Two years later, in 2000, Plan
The passage of resources for Plan Colombia in the US Congress was heavily
lobbied by enterprises that later benefited from this policy through the
rendering of services,  “including
–besides the governments of the United States and Colombia- Bell Textron
Helicopters (Texas), which supplies aircraft transporting troops and resources,
and Sikorsky Helicopters, which supplies the Blackhawk helicopters used to
protect the crop dusters, in addition to Monsanto (Kansas), which supplies
Glyphosate (Round-Up Ultra), and DynCorp (Reston, Virginia), the enterprise with
the most interests there. Of all these companies, the latter is the principal
enterprise subcontracted by the State Department for
The “Annex to the General Agreement on Economic, Technical and Other Related Assistance” signed in 2000 guaranteed to protect the interests of these enterprises, establishing that “[a]ll goods and services procured with funds of the Government of the United States of America will be procured under the procurement regulations and policies of the Government of the United States of America, and procured in and shipped from the United States […].” 
Successively, annexes and appendices to this annex were signed, in which
immunity clauses were maintained for the members of the
· Modernizing thirteen A-37 aircraft pertaining to the Colombian Air Force. 
· Maintaining the maintenance system of the A-37 aircraft pertaining to the Colombian Air Force, keeping at least 75% of the fleet at immediate operational availability.” 
· Strengthening and improving the capability of the air force in supplying air support to the public forces’ anti-narcotics operations. 
· Undertaking operations to interdict or intercept suspicious aircraft; improving the control of Colombian air space. 
· Modernizing the C-26 surveillance aircraft pertaining to the Colombian Air Force in order to strengthen and improve the Colombian Air Force’s capability to undertake operations involving aerial interdiction and intelligence gathering in support of the anti-narcotics operations of the Colombian public force.
By issuing reports on the principal results of the contracts signed by the
Colombian public institutions with the most representative international
cooperation bodies from 1998 to 2002, the Office of the Comptroller General (Contraloría
“[F]rom the perspective of cooperation,
The Office of the Comptroller General describes the methodology employed by the
US Defense Department in the negotiation of defense services for
“Assistance for security offered by the
All of the costs of the payments for these government acquisitions have to be associated with sales and, fundamentally, should have been signed as an agreement between governments, normally documented in a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) between the government of the United States and the foreign government. Each LOA is commonly referred to as a special case and is exclusively assigned to be identified in accordance with the proposal of the accounts. Under this system, the military services and articles, including the trainings and instructions, should be provided with an existing or a new provider. For the convenience of the FMS purchaser, the Department of Defense maintains a savings account for the purchaser where the excess monies are deposited that result from the adjustments in the different cases. The holding account is a sub-account of unidentified money for a specific FMS case.
The FMS client may request the Department of Defense to withdraw from the holding account and make a transfer to a specific case in order to cover an immediate need. The objectives of these agreements have to do with acquiring goods and services previously agreed upon by the governments of Colombia and the Untied States of America; providing human resources capable of training staff in technical matters; providing help and support in order to obtain self-efficiency in operations and maintenance; and reducing the cost of certain equipment and materials.” 
Under this model, agreements are negotiated that benefit transnational security
enterprises like DynCorp, when the programs are channeled through the US
Department of Defense. As far as Plan
This arrangement means that no Colombian government agency may exercise any control or oversight of the bi-national programs undertaken by mercenary transnational security enterprises, which are legalized through these agreements. Colombian agencies do not even have information concerning the number of mercenaries in the country.
In April 2006, the Colombian Ministry of Defense responded to the José Alvear
Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective regarding how many contract workers had
participated in the different programs of Plan
“This Ministry does not possess
information as to the number of contract workers (national or foreign) that have
supported the different programs implemented with the cooperation of the
With reason then, it has been asserted that DynCorp:
“[I]s a loose wheel not controlled by any
State agency. Its relations are kept directly with the [Narcotics Affairs
Section of the
[…] In effect, at the end of 1993, the first men from DynCorp were sent to
Not even the Civil Aviation Administration (Aeronáutica Civil) has knowledge of the activities undertaken by DynCorp aircraft in
According to available information, “at
the end of March 2001 there were a little more than 100 men from this enterprise
As far as its theater of operations, according to government sources, the enterprise operates at Fort Larandia and Fort Tolemaida and with the 18th Army Brigade (BCG-30, BCG-24), Army Urban Special Forces Group (AFEAUR), Mobile Brigades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12, the Navy’s Coast Guard, the Marine River Brigade, Navy Air Force Command, Air Combat Command No. 2 (CACOM-2), Air Combat Command No. 6 (CACOM-6), Military Air Transport Command (CATAM), where there is Land-based Air Force Radar, and the Air Force Center for Communications, Command and Control. 
The Center for International Policy has registered the following additional
units receiving training from
Military Academy, Counterguerrilla Battalion 32, Special Forces Command Battalion, Helicopter Battalion at Tolemaida, Ayacucho Battalion, García Rovira Battalion, Raúl Reyes Battalion, Engineer Corp, Lanceros Battalion, Combat 1 Support Services Battalion, Cacique Calarcá Services 8 Battalion, Neiva 9th Brigade, 12th Brigade at Florencia, 18th Arauca Brigade, Anti-narcotics Brigade (BACNA), Air Brigade, Special Forces Brigade, Mobile 3rd Brigade, Special Operations Command (COESE), Logistical Operations Command in Bogotá, Artillery School, War School, Special Forces School, Engineering School, Logistics School, Civilian-Military Relations School, Rapid Deployment Force (FUDRA), Joint Logistics Task Force in San José del Guaviare, Reveiz Pizarro Cavalry Force, Military Intelligence Central Office, Regional Intelligence 1 Office, and the Sixth Division.
· Air Force:
CACOM - 2 Apiay, CACOM 3 Barranquilla, CACOM 4 Melgar, CACOM 5 Ríonegro, CATAM Bogotá, Air Maintenance Command in Madrid (Cundinamarca), Air Transport Command in Bogotá, C-130 Squadron, Air School in Cali, ESUFA School in Madrid (Cundinamarca), GAORI Marandúa, GASUR Tres Esquinas, San Andrés Caribbean Air Group, SATENA, Air Education Section in Bogotá.
Naval Academy, Independent ARC, Tayrona Cartagena ARC, Navy Air Command in Bogotá, Submarine Command – Submarine Fleet, Caribbean Navy Air Group in Cartagena (GANCA), Navy Air Group on the Pacific at Bahía Málaga (GAMPA), Coast Guard (Cartagena), Coast Guard (Leticia), Scuba Diving Special Unit, Special Forces 1 Marine Battalion, Marine Battalion 2, Counterguerrilla 1 Corozal Marine Battalion, Rifles 8 Marine Battalion, Marine Battalion 9 (Tumaco), River Marine Battalion 10 (Guapi), River Marine Battalion 30, River Marine Battalion 40 (Puerto Carreño), River Marine Battalion 50 (Puerto Inárida), River Marine Battalion 60 (Puerto Leguízamo), River Marine Brigade, Marine Command (Bogotá), Marine Port Headquarters at Cartagena (DIMAR), Marine River Combat School (Puerto Leguízamo), Marine Urban Anti-Terrorism Special Forces Unit.
Mounted Police, Police District 3 (Espinal, Tolima), Air Service, Anti-Narcotics Unit (DIRAN).
DAS and the Ministry of Defense.
The “untouchability”, or legal/diplomatic immunity of the US Mission in
Effectively, in December 2003 the government of the
“[…] Noting that in conformity with the 1962 Agreement the persons covered thereunder, including current or former government officials, employees (including contractors) and military personnel, are not subject to Colombian jurisdiction, as a result of which their surrender, by any means, to the International Criminal Court, requires the express consent of the Government of the United States of America;
Noting that under international law, persons of the Unites States of America who enjoy immunity from Colombian criminal jurisdiction, including functional immunity, are not subject, within the terms of the immunity, to Colombian jurisdiction, as a result of which their surrender, by any means, to the International Criminal Court, requires the express consent of the Government of the United States of America;
[…] 2. A person of the Untied
a) be surrendered or transferred by any means to the International Criminal Court for any purpose, or
b) be surrendered or transferred by any means to any entity or third country, or expelled to a third country, for the purpose of surrender to or transfer to the International Criminal Court.” 
In keeping with this agreement, no
ACTS IMPLICATING DYNCORP IN THE COMMISSION OF CRIMES IN
The conventional immunity for the
Once the heroin was detected at the airport, the Colombian police officer conducting the initial investigation for these acts was immediately removed from his post (even though he held the rank of general) by order of the Narcotics Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Bogotá,  which demonstrates the immense power held by this office to intervene with Colombian government authorities.
When the Canadian Newspaper “The Nation” uncovered this scandal, Janet Wineriter, spokesperson for DynCorp, replied that said liquid did not contain heroin: “They were simply oil samples that should be sent by DynCorp technicians on a periodic basis, and that the tests had been done with apparently faulty equipment that had produced an incorrect reading.” 
With respect to this act, US Congressmember Jan Schakowsky tried to introduce an amendment prohibiting the use of military contract workers, asserting “reports that DynCorp employees have been implicated in drug trafficking, the very thing they are paid to help prevent, only strengthens my conviction that outsourcing is the wrong policy.” 
Also in 2000, Michael Demons, a paramedic belonging to a DynCorp team operating
at the Tres Esquinas military base in Caquetá (southern
In 2002, the 25-year-old DynCorp employee Alexander Wakefield Ross Cáceres, who operated at an anti-narcotics base in the department of Putumayo, died from hitting his head on the moving propeller of an OV-10 aerial spraying aircraft. The pilot’s mother, Elena Cáceres, assured that he was murdered: “He did not have to go anywhere near the planes, since he worked as geographic computation technician and spent his time in front of machines quite distinct to that of aircraft. Additionally, reports say he died in the hospital at Mocoa, when in reality the blow caused his immediate death on the airstrip. […] This was no accident, as claimed by DynCorp. He knew something related to drugs and the company’s pilots. People close to the company say that over the last two years other mysterious deaths of foreigners have also occurred.” 
These acts, yet to be clarified, demonstrate the irregularities surrounding the actions of the contract workers in
as well as their links to activities related to drug trafficking. Colombia
In October 2004, it was revealed that contract workers operating in Tolemaida
distributed a video in which they could be observed sexually violating underage
girls from the town of
In march 2005, five
Later, according to the same newspaper, a Colombian former soldier, whose last
name was Jiménez, was implicated in the investigation. Furthermore, it was
stated he worked with an enterprise contracted by Plan
Although the implicated persons are US soldiers, relations with the mafia were carried out by a contract worker agency. (And DynCorp was the only contract worker agency operating in the place of the acts.)
In May 2005, the US citizens Alan Norman Tanquary and José Hernández, who confirmed they were members of the US Army’s Special Forces 7th Group as well as shooting-drill instructors at the Army’s National Training Center in Tolemaida (which also has strong presence of private contract workers), were arrested in the act of trafficking more than 30,000 projectiles to paramilitary groups in the area of Carmen de Apicalá, which is on the highway connecting the departments of Tolima and Cundinamarca.
No Colombian or
In any case, the Office of the Attorney General requested the Ministry of
Foreign Relations to lift the immunity of these
“With respect to the situation of the arrested
- In the operation carried out on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at approximately eight
in the morning and in the jurisdiction of the
- The investigation was assigned to a specialized prosecutor from the Fifth District Court in Ibagué (Tolima), who requested the Ministry of Foreign Relations to conduct to necessary diplomatic procedures with US authorities in order to obtain the lifting of criminal immunity enjoyed by Mr. Jesús Hernández and Mr. Allan Norman Tanquary.
- In keeping with the certification issued by the Protocol Division of the
Ministry of Foreign Relations, since February 24, 2005, and for the duration of
twelve (12) months, the
- In accordance with Articles 29 to 36 of the Vienna Convention of 1961 on diplomatic relations, incorporated as national legislation through Law 6 of 1972, the foreign technicians and administrative workers of the diplomatic mission enjoyed the privilege of immunity from criminal jurisdiction by the receiving State, and may not be the subject of any form of detention or arrest.
Due to the previously stated, the Deputy Attorney General (Vicefiscal General de
The Procurator General (Procurador
“May 20, 2005
ÁLVARO URIBE VÉLEZ
President of the
Esteemed Mr. President:
In my condition as Procurator General and in the exercise of my functions, and especially those that order me to supervise compliance with the constitution and supervise at the highest level the official conduct of those who hold public office (Article 277, numerals 1 and 6 of the Constitution), in relation to the agreement between the Colombian Government and the Government of the United States of America for US military missions in Colombian territory, it is my duty to request that you, as the supreme administrative authority for international relations (Article 189, numeral 2 of the Constitution), immediately submit this agreement to be approved by the National Congress, which shall decide to approve or reject the agreement, whenever the previously mentioned agreement produces effects in Colombian territory without having gone through the procedures as required by the 1886 Constitution, through which this agreement was signed into force, as well as the procedures for all international instruments established by the 1991 Constitution.
Because of this matter and due to the implications of the previously mentioned agreement for the Colombian State, this agreement does not fall under the exception created by Law 24 of 1959, which allows contracts and agreements to be signed with the specific purpose of ensuring the utilization or rendering of technical assistance or the supply of elements or other facilities required for the formulation or implementation of development plans or programs concerning economic, social, cultural, health or other related matters. According to Article 2 of the previously mentioned law, in order for these plans or programs to be valid, they only require the approval of the President of Colombia, provided a favorable opinion by the Council of Ministers. Otherwise, this law is contrary to the 1991 constitution, specifically Articles 150 (numeral 16) and 241 (numeral 10).
It must be specified that the previously mentioned agreement is also neither
covered in the
Lastly, bearing in mind that the agreement disregards norms essential to our national laws, this agreement cannot continue to be in effect and be defective, as indicated in the Vienna Treaty on Treaties (Article 46), passed by the National Congress through Law 32 of 1985. In these terms, the application of the agreement entails ignoring the Constitution, which may result in constitutional and disciplinary liabilities.
Edgardo José Maya Villazón
Procurator General of the Nation 
As best is known, this public letter never received an official reply, conserving the tradition of silence employed by the Colombian government with regard to this issue, justifying said conduct under the argument of “national security.”
5. RESPONSIBILITY OF DYNCORP IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
The purpose of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal session on Colombia is to analyze and try the policies of Transnational Enterprises benefiting from crimes against humanity through the accumulation of capital, the control of whole territories and their economies, and the plundering of natural resources, reducing the population’s stability and destroying the natural environment and biodiversity.
DynCorp is a transnational enterprise, which has profited throughout the world in settings of war, internal armed conflict, and political instability with armed expressions. Specifically, it profits from encouraging conflicts and making them functional to the rendering of the company’s services.
Moreover, conflicts result in the deterioration of the affected population’s living conditions, the loss of thousands of lives (along with the delicate social fabric they belong to), the destruction of human and natural resources, the loss of ecological and cultural human values, grave humanitarian and dreadful food crisis, the loss of the population’s assets, violations against human dignity, as well as destruction and much pain.
As a result, we accuse DynCorp of the following human rights violations against Colombian and Ecuadorean communities, which are adversely affected by the impact of this company’s activities (all of which concern grave offenses against humanity):
5.1 DUE TO ITS MERCENARY ACTIVITY:
Presently, the characteristics of mercenaryism and the very definition of mercenary is being discussed, since the classical definition established by international humanitarian law does not allow classifying as such the thousands of members of transnational security enterprises operating with these same methods and resources.
Nonetheless, Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, UN special rapporteur on the question of the use of mercenaries, understood the evolution of the ways and mechanisms adopted by these enterprises and the resolved the discussion in a timely fashion:
recent conflicts unfolding in Africa, Asia and
It is the Special Rapporteur's belief — and this view is generally shared by the first meeting of experts — that one of the new forms of mercenary activity is that which takes place through private security companies that hire out military services, using mercenaries for that purpose. The fact that international legal texts do not refer to this modality has facilitated its rapid expansion.” 
In keeping with this statement as well as the specific description previously
given of DynCorp’s activities around the world and in
5.1.1 Mercenaryism as a premeditated crime:
“In general, mercenary activity is not spontaneous. It usually occurs as a result of conspiracy to commit crimes. It is also commonly associated with other unlawful activities such as traffic in persons, drugs and arms.” 
This circumstance coincides with the Colombian classification of “conspiracy to commit a crime”, which presumes “several persons conspire with the purpose of committing crimes.” (Article 340 of the Colombian Constitution) Furthermore, this crime is aggravated if it occurs in order to commit the crimes of forced displacement, homicide, terrorism, and the trafficking of drugs, narcotics or psychotropic substances, as well as other crimes.
Paul Lombardi, director of DynCorp insists this enterprise does not influence
policy; rather it only satisfies its clients. “The
State Department says: These are the missions we want you to fly. It says where,
when, and how –it isn't our call.
We don't make a decision as to whether it's a good thing. Colin Powell and the
president say it's what they want. The president of
However, this lack of concern regarding the effect of the policies designed by those contracting them (and which they implement), and what may result in grave crimes and human rights violations, does not exempt these enterprises from their responsibility. Considering the goals behind these criminal confederations, the use of term “conspiracy to commit a crime” makes sense.
Enterprises like DynCorp are established to create a profit through implementing sinister activities involving the satisfaction of the human rights of whole communities. Any violation to rights occurring as a consequence of its activity may not be considered a “margin of error” or “wrongful” conduct. To the contrary, the condition of mercenary constitutes an aggravating element when evaluating a specific conduct.
5.1.2 Mercenaryism is a crime committed by for-profit subjects:
“[T]he new methods employed by mercenaries escape the few prohibitions that domestic legislation and international law place on mercenary activities. Nevertheless these activities cause serious harm to the persons and peoples suffering their effects; the evils they produce not only constitute human rights violations, those responsible are professionals, specifically hired for their effectiveness in causing harm.” 
DynCorp members are highly skilled personnel meant to fulfill their work in
DynCorp members are chosen for their skill in the area of operations and their salary corresponds to their experience in different combat settings. “A person's character or the fact that he has been a soldier or is a former combatant, as well as experience in the use of sophisticated weapons, are what characterize the mercenary, especially those hired to participate in combat activities and train persons who are to join battalions, columns or units.” 
Former members of police or military forces, working for agencies like DynCorp, do not only strip themselves of their uniform, but also of their oaths and honor, which they had assumed to guarantee the security of their respective Nation-States and to safeguard the interests of their community. Once they entered into the logic of being mercenaries, these subjects divested themselves of any responsibility or social loyalty and became the potential victimizers of any community in the world.
This ethical divestment is compensated by motives of profit.
Internet advertisement by the enterprise DynCorp International, chosen by the
This is when profit becomes the driving force behind the mercenary industry
(e.g. the industry for war and conflict). In terms of
According to Colombian criminal law, this conduct constitutes the aggravating factor in the crime of homicide (Article 104.4 of the Colombian Constitution), since the sentence is aggravated if the homicide is committed “for a price, promise of remuneration, profit, or other heinous or trivial reasons.”
In conclusion, the perversity of the mercenary practice lies in it causing harm for money or training others to cause harm for money.
5.1.3 Mercenaryism as a mechanism for human rights violations guaranteeing States disregard their international obligations relating to human rights.
The Special Rapporteur was able to demonstrate the close relationship between mercenary activity and human rights violation. “Whether acting individually, or in the employ of contemporary multi-purpose security companies, the mercenary is generally present as a violator of human rights. On occasion he acts as a professional agent in terrorist operations; he takes part in illicit trafficking; he commits acts of sabotage, among others. The mercenary is an element in all kinds of covert operation. In comparison with the cost of mobilizing armed forces, the mercenary offers an inexpensive means of conducting operations, and is available to governments, transnational corporations, organizations, sects and groups, simply for payment. The mercenary is hired because he has no scruples in riding roughshod over the norms of international humanitarian law or even in committing serious crimes and human rights violations.” 
Protected through legal instruments guaranteeing immunity in the countries where they operate, in addition to enjoying little publicity concerning their activities (due to “national security” clauses) and being removed from any type of connection with the national authorities from these countries, these private enterprises also become a mechanism that dismisses the State’s responsibility in terms of its own citizens’ human rights.
When the Special rapporteur proposed a new definition of mercenary, he explicitly asserted the relationship between these enterprises and governments did not legitimize mercenary activity per se: “The fact that it may be a government which hires mercenaries, or hires companies which in turn recruit mercenaries, for its own defence and political purposes within its country or to bolster positions in armed conflicts, does not change the nature of the act or its illegitimacy. The principle that should be adopted in elaborating the new legal definition of mercenary is that the State is not authorized to recruit and employ mercenaries. International law and the constitutional law of each State assign the tasks of security, public order and defence to the regular military and police forces, by virtue of the concept of sovereignty.”
In other words, the apparent legality governments grant these enterprises through legal instruments meant for diplomatic missions is defective due to the very nature of mercenary activity. States are responsible for any violation committed by their agents, in addition to being under the obligation of guaranteeing the effectiveness of the rights of their victims insofar as truth, justice, and comprehensive reparation.
In this respect, even though the presence of DynCorp is legalized through
binational legal instruments (in addition to being accepted by authorities from
the Colombian government and protected by the Narcotics Affairs Section of the
US Embassy in
“This duty to prevent includes all those means of a legal, political, administrative and cultural nature that promote the protection of human rights and ensure that any violations are considered and treated as illegal acts, which, as such, may lead to the punishment of those responsible and the obligation to indemnify the victims for damages caused.” 
5.1.4 Mercenaryism is a fundamental piece to consolidating a power opposed to the respect for human rights and the right to free self-determination of peoples.
The presence of the mercenary industry coincides with settings of war, political instability, or internal conflict with armed expressions. In these settings, almost as a general rule, different industries covet strategic natural resources. Alternatively, the peoples and communities also maintain a special relationship with the earth (either as indigenous peoples, Afro-descendents, or raizales, or as campesino communities organized in the defense of this territory).
Traditionally, State-sponsored terrorism appropriates these territories –or makes them attractive to foreign investment- through militarization, paramilitarization, as well as the mercenarization of the operations of control.
Mercenaryism becomes functional to the interests of certain sectors, industries, or countries. In other words, the mercenarization of military relations is not the objective; rather it is a means to reaching other objectives, protecting certain interests, and favoring certain beneficiaries.
“In the analysis of mercenary activities, responsibility does not end with the commission of the criminal act or with the identification and isolation of the agent. The mercenary has been determined to be merely the last link in a chain, in which his recruitment and his subsequent commission of the criminal act are but the execution of an act which has been conceived, planned, organized, financed and supervised by others, whether they are private groups, political opposition organizations, groups which advocate national, ethnic or religious intolerance, clandestine organizations, or Governments which, through covert operations, decide on illegal action against a State or against the life, liberty, physical integrity and safety of persons, and involve mercenaries in that action. Accordingly, responsibility extends to all those who take part in the criminal act, which, in its final phase, is executed by the mercenary agent.” 
DynCorp is the spearhead for the conservation of US interests in the Andean
region, as claimed by its defense in a lawsuit currently being carried out
against it in the
[T]he aerial drug eradication operations are a key element of
2. Any disruption through this litigation of the aerial eradication of illicit drug crops in Colombia will undermine national security by depriving the United States of a key weapon in its arsenal for stemming the flow of illicit narcotics into this country and by allowing international terrorist organizations in Colombia to continue reaping huge profits from drug trafficking with which they will target US interests and American lives.” 
When the Colombian government accepted these conditions, it undermined national integrity, which is a conduct classified in the Colombia’s Criminal Code (Article 455 of the Colombian Constitution), consisting in carrying out “acts tending to undermine the territorial integrity of Colombia, subjecting the country –either entirely or partially- under foreign domination, affecting its nature as a Sovereign State, or fracturing national unity.”
Since the legal asset being protected in this case is sovereignty, it should be
remembered that –even though this concept is still being developed- it comes out
of the need to maintain a balanced and just international order, where national
interests are respected and, at any rate, the duty to protect the rights of
citizens is attended. In this
“The preamble of the national constitution expresses a principle of internationalization of life in the country. The starting point for this is the special preference for the integration of the Latin American community. Additionally, national sovereignty, respect for the self-determination of peoples, and recognition of the principles of international law adopted by Colombia, come together as fundamental elements for its foreign relations in the world order (Article 9 of the Colombian Constitution).
Given the needs, requirements, and opportunities presented by the host of nations, the State should assume an active position as regards the internationalization of political, economic, social, and ecological relations based on fairness, reciprocity, and national interests.
Understanding that Colombia as a Nation is a subject with rights within the whole of nations in the world and that it has certain needs that may only be resolved with the aid of other States or institutions concerned with international law, Colombia should encourage these international relations individually and collectively, without losing sight of the fact that the signing of treaties or conventions should duly protect its rights as a Nation, as well as the rights of its inhabitants. In this regard, contractual clauses should exist to establish a sense of justice linked to the construction of a progressive international balance, with a relation between cost and benefit providing favorable results for national interests and the growing qualification of the national presence within the diverse spheres of action comprising the international ambit (Article 226 of the Colombian Constitution).” 
Nonetheless, no Colombian authority has yet to make a pronouncement against the
presence of mercenaries in
5.2 DUE TO ITS RESPONSABILITY IN THE AFFECTATION OF COMMUNITIES EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL AERIAL SPRAYING
“During the administration of President
Jimmy Carter (1976-1980), interdiction and eradication were two key pieces of
Since the 1970’s, the
The arguments for implementing said policy principally refer to the effectiveness of the method (by manipulating the figures on the reduction of cultivated hectares), the economy of the method (since supporting substitution economies seem too costly to be taken on by the States in question), the safety of the method (by denying the impact it may have on health and the environment), and the political need of the method (since the fumigations are presented as the best device for affecting the source of income of the three groups classified as terrorist by the US State Department: FARC, ELN, and AUC –i.e. paramilitary groups).
Aerial spraying requires an infrastructure
The aerial fumigations do not only require aircraft, pilots, and chemicals; rather they also require helicopters armed with artillery, platforms for this type of aircraft, information and radar systems to guide these operations, an efficient maintenance system for all this equipment, and a staff skilled not only in the piloting of the aircraft, but also in armed response to possible attacks from land.
The members of DynCorp have these skills and employ them to carry out combat
maneuvers, which, for political reasons, cannot be carried out by members of the
“In keeping with the contract signed between DynCorp and the Department of State, 12 of the pilots from the aerial fumigation program, who fly OV-10 planes, are US civilian contract workers from DynCorp. The pilots of the other aerial spraying planes (T-65 single engine planes) are escorted by helicopters, which carry a crew made up of members of DynCorp and personnel from the national police, as well as search and rescue helicopters, which also carry a mixed crew […].
According to the contract, during a typical mission, the DynCorp contract workers travel in the helicopters accompanying the fumigation operations as pilots and medics, not gunners. These contract workers provide support for the anti-narcotics operations and do not fulfill any counterinsurgent role. Nonetheless, as opposed to the 200
This has been demonstrated on several occasions. Last February 21, FARC guerrilla members shot down a helicopter belonging to the Colombian police during a fumigation mission in Caquetá. In order to rescue the pilot from the police, Giancarlo Cotrino, and the members of his crew, DynCorp ordered its combat-trained personnel to go to their aid. Thus a special search force –known as SAR- was created to evacuate the crew, which flew by helicopter and landed in a coca field. The members of the rescue crew were armed with M-16 and remained on land for enough time to be able to dismount the machine guns and radios from the Huey II helicopter in order to keep them from falling into the hands of the guerrilla.
It is estimated that the SAR teams, a kind of private Delta Force, have
participated in 15 rescue missions over the last six years in the country. ‘They
are combat experts. Most of them are war pilots. They participated in
The Colombian government allows and favors subjects (not under its military, criminal and administrative jurisdictions) to participate in armed confrontations with drug trafficking delinquents as well as with members of the insurgent opposition groups.
Special Rapporteur Bernales Ballesteros concluded the following: “The mercenary has become a functional element in the crime, hired by unscrupulous agents who make the crime or offence a means of attaining their objectives and combating those who oppose them.”  DynCorp participates in this fashion and protects its actions through the diplomatic immunity derived from the binational agreements examined previously.
However, direct intervention by DynCorp in the internal armed political and social conflict occurs as a result of its principal activity, which is the aerial spraying of vast parts of the national territory.
According to official figures,  from 1999 to 2006, which corresponds to the
period of application of Plan
According to official information,  11 departments were fumigated in 2000; 9 departments in 2001; 8 departments in 2002; 12 departments in 2003; 16 departments in 2004; and 20 departments in 2005 (out of 36 departments in all of Colombia). The municipalities fumigated in each year include the following:
the following municipalities were fumigated in the department of Cauca: El
Tambo, Argelia, Balboa, Piamonte, Tumaco, Roberto Payán, San José, Barbacoas,
and Leyva; in the department of Antioquia, the municipalities of Tarazá and
Puerto Valdivia; in the department of Caquetá, Albania, Cartagena del Chairá,
Curillo, Tres Esquinas, Las Brisas, Milán, Montañita, Paujil, Puerto Rico,
Solano, Solita, and Valparaíso; in the department of Norte de Santander, the
municipality of Tibú; in the department of Cundinamarca, the municipalities of
Sucre, Florian, Yacopí, and Otanche; in the department of Meta, Puerto Rico,
Puerto Elvira, and Mapiripán; in
the department of Guaviare, the municipalities of San José, Retorno, Calamar,
and Miraflorez; and lastly in the department of Putumayo, the municipalities of
Puerto Leguízamo, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Asís, Villa Garzón, Puerto Caicedo, and
Valle del Guamuéz. In short, 43 municipalities were fumigated in the first year
the following municipalities were fumigated in the department of Bolívar:
Cantagallo, Santa Rosa del Sur, San Pablo, and Simití; in department of
Nariño, the municipalities of Tumaco, Payán, Llorente, and Barbacoas; in the
department of Caquetá, the municipalities of Milán Solita, Valparaíso, Solano,
Curillo, Paujil, Albania, San José de Fragua, Puerto Rico, and Cartagena del
Chairá; in the department of Putumayo, the municipalities of Puerto Leguízamo,
Puerto Guzmán, Orito, San Miguel, Valle del Guamuéz,
the following municipalities were fumigated in the department of Nariño: Tumaco,
Barbacoas, Maguí (Payán), Bellavista, Llorente, and Roberto Payán; in the
department of Caquetá, the municipalities of San José de Fragua, Cartagena del
Chairá, Curillo, Milán, Montañita, San Vicente del Caguán, Solano, Solita, and
Valparaíso; in the department of Putumayo, the municipalities of Orito, Puerto
Caicedo, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Asís, San Miguel, Valle del Guamuéz, Villagarzón,
and Puerto Leguízamo; in the department of Antioquia, the municipalities of
Tarazá and El Bagre; in the department of Córdoba, the municipalities of
Montelibano and Puerto Libertador; in the department of Norte de Santander, the
municipality of Tibú; in the department of Meta, the municipalities of Puerto
Rico, Puerto Concordia, Puerto Lleras, and Mapiripán; and in the department of
Guaviare, the municipalities of San José, Retorno, and Calamar. In
the following municipalities were fumigated in the department of Cauca:
Argelia, El Bordo, Mercaderes,
the municipality of Cumaribo was fumigated in the department of Vichada; in the
department of Santander, the municipalities of Sucre, Betulia, and Bolívar; in
the department of Nariño, the municipalities of Tumaco, Barbacoas, Maguí, El
Rosario, El Charco, Ipiales, and Roberto Payán; in the department of Cauca, the
municipalities of San Sebastián, Mercaderes, Balboa, Piamonte, and Santa Rosa;
in the department of Arauca, the municipalities of Saravena, Arauquita, and
Fortul; in the department of Magdalena, the municipality of Santa María; in the
department of Bolívar, the municipalities of Simití, San Pablo, Cantagallo,
Santa Rosa del Sur, and Morales; in the department of Vaupés, the municipality
of Cururú; in the department of Meta, the municipalities of Puerto Rico, Puerto
Concordia, Puerto Gaitán, and Mapiripán; in the department of Caquetá, the
municipalities of Florencia, Puerto Rico, Albania, San José de Fragua, Curilo,
Milán, San Vicente del Caguán, Solano, Belén de los Andaquíes, Paujil, Cartagena
del Chairá, Solita, Valparaíso, Doncella, and Montañita; in the department of
Guajira, the municipality of Dibulla; in the department of Norte de Santander,
the municipalities of Tibú, Sardinata, Teorema, El
Tarra, and San Calixto; in the department of Caldas, the municipality of
Samaná; in the department of Antioquia, the municipalities of Valdivia, Henchí,
Segovia, Anorí, Tarazá, El Bagre, Zaragoza, Cáceres, Sonsón, and Puerto Trinfo;
in the department of Guaviare, the municipalities of Miraflores, San José,
Retorno, and Calamar; and in the department of Putumayo, the municipalities of
Orito, Puerto Caicedo, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Asís, Valle del Guamuéz,
Villagarzón, San Miguel, and Mocoa. In
the following municipalities were fumigated in the department of Antioquia:
Anorí, San Francisco, San Luis, Segovia, Cáceres, Sonsón, Montecristo, Valdivia,
Puerto Nare, El Bagre, Henchí, Cuacacia, Taraza, Ituango, Zaragoza, and Yondo;
in the department of Nariño, the municipalities of Tumaco, Maguí (Payan),
Roberto Payan, Francisco Pizarro, Olaya Herrera, El Charco, Barbacoas,
In 2005, the aerial spraying program covered vast areas of the country, as
recorded by the United Nations Office Against Drugs and Crime in
Likewise, aerial spraying was carried out over several areas around Natural National Parks (understood as outside of national parks, though having conservation objectives, comprising water tables, wetlands, forests, and rivers, among other ecosystems). As a result, an ecocide of tremendous proportions has developed.
The fumigated areas included the Muchinque National Park in the Mechengue River
Basin in the township of Playa Rica; the Nevado National Park in the
municipalities of Iquira, Veredas Alpe, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Tierra
Adentro (Huila); the Puracé National Park in the area of Valencia; the Paramillo
National Park in the township of San José (Rio Sucio sector), the township of
Uré (Alto Río Uré sector), Tierradentro, and Serranía San Jerónimo; the
In the second half of 2006, within the span of only four days,
These fumigations affected thousands of persons, as demonstrated by the number of complaints lodged throughout the country since 2001 up to today: 
In the department of Antioquia, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Anorí, Cáceres, Caracolí, Caucasia, Cocorna, El Bagre, Henchí, Peque,
Puerto Nare (
In the department of
In the department of Bolívar, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Cantagallo, Morales, Río Viejo,
In the department of Caldas, communities in the following municipalities were affected: Norcasia and Samaná.
In the department of Caquetá, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Albania, Belén de los Andaquíes, Cartagena del Chairá, Curillo, El
Doncella, El Paujil, Florencia,
In the department of Cauca, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Balboa, Bolívar, el Tambo,
In the department of Cesar, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Agustín Codazzi,
In the department of Córdoba, the community of Puerto Libertador was affected.
In the department of
In the department of Huila, communities in the following municipalities were
In the department of Guajira, communities in the following municipalities were affected: Dibulla and Brumita.
In the department of
In the department of Meta, communities in the following municipalities were
In the department of Nariño, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Barbacoas, Buesaco, El Charco, El Rosario, El Tablón,
In the department of Norte de Santander, communities in the following municipalities were affected: El Tarra, Hacarí, Sardinata, and Tibú.
In the department of Putumayo, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Orito, Puerto Asís, Puerto Caicedo, Puerto Guzmán, San Miguel, Valle
del Guamuez (
In the department of
In the department of Tolima, communities in the following municipalities were
affected: Anzoátegui, Chaparral, Ibagué, Planadas, Rioblanco,
In the department of Valle, the community in the
In the department of Vichada, the community in the
More than one hundred municipalities from 20 of the 32 departments in
According to official figures,  of the 6,429 complaints that were processed by anti-narcotics authorities only 33 of the claimants were compensated for the harm caused. In other words, only 0.5% of the claimants, which discouraged many of the affected persons from going through this procedure. 
These complaints are processed in relation to the affectation of licit crops; however the range of affectations is even greater. The Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman has stated the following: “[I]n the fight against said substances, emphasis has been placed on the criminal policy to the detriment of the protection of other constitutionally protected rights, including: (a) the principle of positive differentiation through which the State must provide special protection to the most vulnerable population (minors, internally displaced persons, members of ethnic groups, and the rural population); (b) the rights to health, food, food security, public health, and, therefore, life and a dignified life; (c) the right to not be displaced and, in the case of forced migrations, to be assisted by the State; and (d) the protection and conservation of the natural environment, natural resources, and areas protected for ethnic, ecological and cultural reasons, as a part of the principle of sustainable development and the recognition of Colombian multiculturality.” 
5.2.1 VIOLATION TO THE RIGHT TO FOOD AND WORK
According to studies by Colombian specialists, “[g]lyphosate,
as a widely used herbicide, has toxic effects on most of the plant species and
may be a risk for species in danger of extinction if applied in areas of their
habitat. According to information by the EPA, as reported by PAN Asia-Pacific,
more than 74 threatened species in the
Glyphosate may inhibit beneficial fungus aiding plants to absorb nutrients and water. In a study, [glyphosate] inhibited the formation of nitrogen-fixing nodules in clovers for 120 days after the treatment. In sub-lethal doses, it may interfere with certain metabolic processes in plants. For instance, the potassium and sodium absorption may be inhibited in legumes and lignum production may be reduced in asparagus and flax.” 
Most of the affected people reported fumigations gravely affected their subsistence crops, at first withering the crops and later lowering the productivity of the crops.
“[W]hen the planes passed overhead, I thought we hadn’t been fumigated since they sprayed the poison over the area downriver. However, we, me and my family, noticed a bad stench. The next day, I went to see the crops and the first thing I saw was the withered corn, along side the sugarcane, plantain, and yucca. Everything is [planted] close to each other. Only after three days, the leaves began to fall from the plants and dry up. For instance, although it didn’t seem anything had happened to the plantain at first, the leaves began to dry, the stalks turned yellow, and the plantain sprouted poorly. Even though so many days had gone by, the poison kept harming the crops.” 
This situation gravely affects the right to food and consequently the right to work, since most of the persons affected are campesinos living off of their subsistence agricultural production.
5.2.2 VIOLATION TO THE RIGHT TO HEALTH AND LIFE
“A proper analysis of the current scientific and informative bibliography allows identifying the risks to the environment and health, inasmuch of the Roundup components as of the synergic effect of the mixture used in the aerial spraying.
When glyphosate falls to the earth, the main degrading metabolite is aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is also toxic. Glyphosate may contain trace amounts of N-nitroso glyphosate or this compound may form in the environment when it combines with nitrate (present in human saliva or fertilizers). Most of the N-nitroso compounds are carcinogenic. Formaldehyde, another known carcinogen, is also a decomposition product of glyphosate. Glyphosate turns into AMPA, then into Methylamine, and finally into Formaldehyde. (Cox, 1995; Dinham, 1999; Williams et. al., 2000.)
The POEA surfactant contained in the formula harms the intestines and central nervous system, causes respiratory problems, and destroys red blood cells in humans. POEA is contaminated with dioxane-1,4, which has caused cancer in animals and has harmed livers and kidneys in humans.
Insofar as Cosmoflux, nothing is known, except that in Colombia mixing it in Roundup raised this product from toxicological category IV to category III (moderately toxic), but without undertaking any kind of study proving this categorization. It is known to diminish the drop sizes of glyphosate and increase its adherence to the surface it falls on, which allows more absorption through digestion, respiration, skin, and plant cuticles, and increasing the drift by allowing more time to suspend in the air […].
Roundup is also associated with greater risk for miscarriages and premature
births. In a study from 1984 to 1990, glyphosate registered as the most common
pesticide causing illness among gardeners. In another study, it occupied third
place among the most commonly registered causes for illness among agricultural
Brian Tokar asserts some of the symptoms of acute poisoning as a consequence of humans ingesting Roundup, include intestinal cramps, vomit, swelling - tumefaction- of lungs, pneumonia, disorientation, and the destruction of red blood cells. There are reports concerning irritation of the eyes and skin for the workers mixing, transporting, and applying glyphosate.” 
The Communities exposed to fumigations have also claimed to suffer from strong acute impact in their health, relating to skin, digestive and respiratory diseases (in most cases). Even more grave, reports have been made of deaths due to exposure to fumigations.
The most well-known cases in Colombia concern the death of twenty-one indigenous
children in the area of Alto Naya in the Municipality of Buenos Aires
(department of Cauca) in 1994; the death of three Nukak-Makú indigenous persons
in the department of Guaviare in 1998; grave respiratory and skin affectation in
children from the community of Aponte and Tablón de Gómez in the department of
Nariño in 2001; diverse affectations suffered by the communities from San
Miguel, Orito, and Vallé del Guamuez in Putumayo in 2001;
the death of a campesino in
San Pablo (department of Bolívar) in 2003;
and the death of Evelio Chirimía, Yeison Chiripúa, and María Sandra Mesa,
indigenous children of the Eperara Siapidaara people, due to the fumigations
carried out in the communities of San José de Robles, Tórtola, and Casa Grande
along the banks of the Satinga, Sanquianga, Tapaje, Sequihonda
In most of the previously described cases, the US Embassy intervened to support studies (concerning the connection between the fumigations and the deaths and affectations), which attributed the deaths to unhealthy living conditions or sudden epidemics.
5.2.3 VIOLATION TO THE RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
“In general, due to alterations to food and habitat, attacks with herbicides not only have serious impact on the autotrophic components of an ecosystem (the first link of a food chain), but on the heterotrophic components as well. As a result, after the destruction of plants, there is also an inevitable reduction in the population of herbivores, mammals, birds, pollinating insects, among other animals, which will also affect the carnivores and predators in the chain. In addition to a weakening effect on the wildlife due to the destruction of food and places of shelter, herbicides may also be directly toxic to the exposed animals.” 
When contaminated from the use of the chemicals in aerial spraying, these ecosystems are put in a grave situation of vulnerability. This constitutes an ecocide of incalculable proportions, which exacerbates the populations inhabiting the sprayed areas. In this regard, in the end, damage to the environment comprises a violation to a fundamental right.
“The right to the environment may not be separated from the right to life and health of persons. In fact, the disruptive factors for the environment cause irreparable damage to human beings and, if this is so, it must be said that the environment is a fundamental right for the existence of humanity. This conclusion was reached after this Court evaluated the impact of the environment on the life of men, and thus, in the prior rulings of petitions, it has been asserted the right to the environment is a fundamental right.” 
TESTIMONIES BY GROUPS OF COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE FUMIGATIONS CARRIED OUT IN
188.8.131.52 Testimonies by Colombian Communities
Annexed to the present document, these testimonies are from the pre-hearing on fumigations carried out in Medellín on February 22, 2007.
184.108.40.206 Testimonies by Ecuadorean Organizations
Annexed to the present document, these testimonies are from the pre-hearing on fumigations carried out in Medellín on February 22, 2007.
6. GROUNDS FOR THE ACCUSATION
6.1 The enterprise DynCorp has incurred in different types of conduct classified as crimes in Colombian Criminal Code:
6.1.1 Homicide of protected person (Article 135 of the Colombian Constitution) of some of persons exposed to the spraying, especially children from indigenous communities. This crime has been aggravated due to the promise of remuneration, profit motives, and taking advantage of the victims’ defenselessness.
6.1.2 Injury to protected persons (Article 136 of the Colombian Constitution), affecting the health of thousands of persons exposed to fumigation.
6.1.3 Use of illicit means and methods of wars (Article 142), since prohibited means and methods of war, leading to unnecessary suffering and loss or superfluous harm, have been used in the development of the armed conflict.
6.1.4 Acts of terrorism (Article 144), since excessive attacks against the civilian population have been carried out in the development of the armed conflict.
6.1.5 Destruction of the natural environment (Article 164), since methods conceived to cause extensive, long-lasting and grave damage to the natural environment have been employed in the development of the armed conflict.
6.1.6 Forced displacement (Article 180), since the population deprived of food and subjected to fumigations has had to abandon their territories.
6.1.7 Violation to the freedom of work (Article 198), since the free exercise of the rights to work was been disrupted or impeded through violence.
6.1.8 Damage to natural resources (Article 331), since natural resources have been harmed, which goes against current national environmental legislation and international environmental principles.
6.1.9 Environmental contamination (Article 332), since air, soil, and water has been contaminated, putting at risk human health as well as fauna, forest, flower and hydrobiological resources.
6.1.10 Conspiracy to commit a crime (Article 340) through its mercenary activity, aggravated by the fact its motivation lies in provoking forced displacement, drug trafficking, and providing arms to paramilitary groups.
6.1.11 Terrorism (Article 343), since the population exposed to this mercenary and anti-narcotics activity has been kept in a state of fear and terror for many years.
6.1.12 Contamination of water (Article 371), since water has been contaminated that is meant for human consumption in the populations exposed to the fumigations.
Undermines national integrity (Article 455), since this activity has subjected
DynCorp benefits from the violation of fundamental rights of the Colombian
population, caused by the perverse policy of the fight against drugs in
6.2.1 Right to life (Article 11).
6.2.2 Right to not be subjected to cruel treatment (Article 12).
6.2.3 Right to Peace (Article 22).
6.2.4 Fundamental rights of children to life, physical integrity, health, balanced diet, and recreation (Article 44).
6.2.5 Right to health and environmental protection (Article 49).
6.2.6 Right to work (Article 53).
6.2.7 Right to a healthy natural environment (Article 79).
6.2.8 Prohibition of the use of chemical weapons (Article 81).
6.3 DynCorp has committed grave breaches to International Humanitarian Law.
6.3.1 Breach to the principle of distinction between combatants and non-combatants. (By attempting to attack the finances of the Colombian guerrilla, this enterprise has directly attacked the civilian population.)
6.3.2 Principle of proportionality, since this enterprise has exceeded indispensable methods in the pursuit of subjecting the enemy, even affecting the civilian population with dangerous chemical elements.
6.3.3 Principle of limitation in the means of combat, as a corollary to the previous principle.
The enterprise DynCorp executes a deliberate of violation of
human rights, formulated and
controlled by the
6.4.1 Right to life (Article 4 of the American Convention).
6.4.2 Right to personal integrity (Article 5 of the American Convention).
6.4.3 Rights of children (Article 5 of the American Convention).
6.4.4 Right to private property (Article 5 of the American Convention).
1 Montecinos, Jorge. Ejércitos Privados: ¿Globalización del Mercenario? Center for Strategic Studies, Universidad Arcis, Year 4, No. 8, 2nd Semester, 2004.
2 Available at the following web link: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DynCorp_International>.
4 Available at the following web link: <www.secinfo.com/d14D5a.v3CGu.htm>.
5 Los Perros de
6 Available at the following web link: <www.secinfo.com/$/Search.asp?Find=DynCorp>.
7 Available at the following web link: <http://www.dyn-intl.com/>.
11 Veritas Capital to Acquire DynCorp International. Veritas Capital press release, December 12, 2004, <www.veritascapital.com/news/press_releases/2004/12.13.04.html>.
12 Jorge Montecinos.
13 Baum, Dan. This Gun For Hire. Wired magazine, February 2003,
14 Flórez, Sandra Bibiana. Contratados por Estados Unidos: Mercenarios en Colombia: Una Guerra Ajena. Available at the following web link: <http://www.rebelion.org/ddhh/colombia120901.htm>.
15 Available at the following web link: <http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?list=type&type=18>.
16 Agozino, Adalberto C.
17 Guggenheim, Ken.
Drug Fight in
19 O'Meara, Kelly Patricia. DynCorp Disgrace. Insight Magazine, January 14, 2002, <http://www.prisonplanet.com/dyncorp_disgrace.html>.
20 Available at the following web link: <http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?list=type&type=18>.
21 “In this context, it is worthwhile to
bear in mind the opinion of an unexpected observer, Jeffrey Sachs, a professor
from Columbia and Harvard Universities, who was in the ranks of exclusionary
neoliberal thought and is currently advisor to Kofi Annan, Secretary General of
the United Nations. According to Sachs, the ‘chaos’ in
Fazio, Carlos. Haití y las Mentiras de
The Destabilization of
part of the drive to outsource army departments to external bodies, successive
administrations have signed more than 3,000 contracts with PMCs such as DynCorp,
Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), and Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR)
over the past 10 years, for an amount greater than 300 billion dollars. Their
emergence has led to a gradual increase in private-sector personnel operating
alongside US armed forces on the battlefield, with responsibility for logistics,
maintenance, engineering and weapon-system support tasks. During the Gulf war in
1991 the average ratio was about one private employee to 100 soldiers. By 2003
it had risen to one in
24 Benítez Valdés, Guillermo. Principales Violaciones de las Normas del Derecho Internacional Humanitario Cometidas por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de América durante su Invasión a Irak. Universidad de Holguín, <http://www.ilustrados.com/documentos/violacionesddhheeuueniraq.doc>.
Moss, Michael and Rohde, David.
26 Millones de Dólares Despilfarrados en Irak, dice Informe. Milenio, January 31, 2007, <http://www.milenio.com/index.php/2007/01/31/36733/>.
Scahill, Jeremy. Tender Mercenaries:
28 Glanz James, et al. The Reach of War: U.S. Report finds Dismal Training of Afghan Police. December 4, 2006, <http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D04E7DA1F3EF937A35751C1A9609C8B63&sec=
29 US Chides 'Hostile' Karzai Guards. BBC, October 14, 2004,
31 Certificate of existence and legal representation from the Chamber of Commerce for DynCorp Aerospace Operation (UK) LTD., License No. 01050209, Tax Identification Number (NIT) 830078749-4.
32 Calvo Ospina, Hernando. Guerra Privada en Colombia. Le Monde Diplomatique. November 18, 2004, <http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=7764>.
33 Order No. 17737 of April 24, 2006, signed by Jorge Mario Eastman Robledo, Viceminister of Institutional Management of the Ministry of Defense.
34 Calvo Ospina, Hernando.
Los Actores Disimulados de
35 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance. Organization of American States, September 2, 1947, <http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/treaties/b-29.html>.
36 Agreement for Military Assistance
General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance between the
The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the
Government of the United States of America regarding an Army, Navy and Air Force
Mission as a part of the US Military Forces in the Republic of Colombia.
Signed by Indalecio Liévano Aguirre and Viron Meter Vaky on October 7,
39 Article 5.
Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government
of the United States of America regarding an Army, Navy and Air Force Mission as
a part of the US Military Forces in the Republic of Colombia.
Signed by Indalecio Liévano Aguirre and Viron Meter Vaky on October 7,
Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance
between the government of the
42 Article G.2.
Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance
between the government of the Republic of Colombia and the government of the
Untied States of America.
Signed in Bogotá on September 27, 2000, by Guillermo Fernández
43 Clause present in all annexes, appendices, and sub-appendixes. [The clause quoted is an unofficial translation from the Spanish version prepared by CCAJAR.]
44 Appendix 2 to the Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance signed on March 21, 2001, by Luis Fernando Ramírez and Anne W. Patterson.
45 Sub-appendix to Appendix 2 to the Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance signed on March 21, 2001, by Luis Fernando Ramírez and Anne W. Patterson.
46 Appendix 3 to the Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance signed on March 21, 2001, by Luis Fernando Ramírez and Anne W. Patterson.
47 Sub-appendix to Appendix 3 to the Annex to the General Agreement for Economic, Technical and Related Assistance signed on March 21, 2001, by Luis Fernando Ramírez and Anne W. Patterson.
48 Informe sobre Convenios Celebrados con Organismos de Cooperación, Asistencia o Ayuda Internacional 1998-2002. Comptroller General’s Office, Bogotá, May 2004,
50 Order No. 17737 of April 24, 2006, signed by Jorge Mario Eastman Robledo, Viceminister of Institutional Management of the Ministry of Defense.
53 Order No. 17737 of April 24, 2006, signed by Jorge Mario Eastman Robledo, Viceminister of Institutional Management of the Ministry of Defense.
Agreement between the government of the Republic of Colombia and the government
of the United States of America
regarding the surrender of persons of the United States of America to the
International Criminal Court.
Signed on September 17, 2003, by
55 Bibiana Flórez, Sandra. Mercenarios en Colombia: Una Guerra Ajena. Proceso magazine, Mexico, September 13, 2001, <http://www.rebelion.org/ddhh/colombia120901.htm>.
56 Semana magazine. Ob cit.
Hallan Heroína en Paquete de
59 Semana magazine.
60 Madre de Técnico Panameño Contratista de Plan Colombia dice que su Hijo fue Asesinado. El Tiempo newspaper. Bogotá, October 14, 2003,
61 Cepeda Castro, Iván. Marines de los Estados Unidos y Contratistas Vejan a Menores en Colombia. El Espectador newspaper, January 8, 2004, <http://www.elcorreo.eu.org/esp/article.php3?id_article=4747>.
62 Buscan a Ex Soldado por Caso de Militares Estadounidenses con Coca. El Tiempo newspaper, Bogotá, April 21, 2005. Buscan Conexiones de Militares de Estados Unidos Detenidos por Transportar Coca. El Tiempo newspaper, Bogotá, April 1, 2005, <https://mail.tni.org/pipermail/dd-es/2005-April/021899.html>.
63 Fiscalía Informa sobre Situación de Norteamericanos. Attorney General’s Office, Bogotá, May 2005, <http://www.fiscalia.gov.co/pag/divulga/Bol2005/mayo/bol110.htm>.
64 Available in the Spanish language at the official webpage of the Procurator General’s Office,
65 Paragraphs 63 and 72 from the Report on the question of the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, presented by the Special Rapporteur to the Commission on Human Rights. 56th Session, Item 130 of the provisional program, A/56/224, July 27, 2001, <http://www.hri.ca/fortherecord2001/documentation/genassembly/a-56-224.htm>.
66 Paragraph 69 from the Report on the question of the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, presented by the Special Rapporteur to the Commission on Human Rights. 56th Session, Item 130 of the provisional program, A/56/224, July 27, 2001, <http://www.hri.ca/fortherecord2001/documentation/genassembly/a-56-224.htm>.
67 Baum, Dan. This Gun For Hire. Wired magazine, February 2003, <http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.02/gunhire.html>.
68 Paragraph 52 from the Report on the Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; report submitted by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 60th Session, 24 December 2003, E/CN.4/2004/15.
69 Statement by Rand Beers, Assistant Secretary of State for Narcotics and International Law Enforcement, in regards to the potential impact of the Arias litigation on national security and US foreign policy interests.
70 Report on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; report submitted by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 54th Session, January 27, 1998. <http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/df8dd8b99a7da1dbc125660c0046b4ad?Opendocument>.
Un Nuevo Negocio tras
72 Semana magazine.
73 Paragraph 30 from the Report on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; report submitted by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 54th Session (E/CN.4/2004/15), December 24, 2003, <http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G03/173/13/PDF/G0317313.pdf?OpenElement>.
74 Paragraph 175 from the Velásquez Rodríguez Case. Judgment of July 29, 1988. Inter-American Court of Human Rights <http://www.corteidh.or.cr/docs/casos/articulos/seriec_04_ing.pdf>.
75 Paragraph 117 from the Report on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; report submitted by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 50th Session, January 12, 1994, E/CN.4/1994/23, <http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/f672064f027a7e6280256732
In the previous report, the Rapporteur warned: “The persistence of mercenary activities, the tremendous variety of methods by which mercenaries operate and the support networks and organizations hidden behind these activities show that States, particularly the smallest and weakest ones, are not adequately protected against mercenarism and its various forms. There are international legal instruments which condemn mercenarism, but their definition and characterization of it are flawed, that is, they contain gaps, imprecision, technical defects and obsolete terms that lend themselves to overly broad interpretation.” Taken from the Report on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, submitted by the Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 58th session, Item 118 of the provisional agenda, July 2, 2003, <http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/
76 Declaration by Rand Beers. Taken from DynCorp International's motion to dismiss, pursuant to FRCP 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) or, in the alternative, motion for summary judgment. <http://www.drugwar.com/pdyncorpMotiontodismiss.shtm>.
78 Text of the Considerations of the Investigative Commission of the Chamber of Representatives in the judgment of June 13, 2006, which closed the criminal investigation against President Álvaro Uribe Vélez for the crimes of breach of official duty, detriment to the national integrity, and treason to the homeland.
79 Tokatlian, Juan Gabriel.
Estados Unidos y los Cultivos Ilícitos en Colombia: Los Trágicos Equívocos de
una Fumigación Futil.
Paper presented at
80 Semana magazine.
81 Paragraph 56 of the Report on the Use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination; report submitted by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros, Special Rapporteur, Commission on Human Rights, 60th Session, December 24, 2003, E/CN.4/2004/15 <http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G03/173/13/PDF/G0317313.pdf?OpenElement>.
82 Logros de
83 Order 357 of March 22, 2006, signed by Henry Gamboa Castañeda, chief for the Illicit Crop Eradication Area of the National Police’s Anti-Narcotics Unit.
84 Colombia: Monitoreo de los cultivos de coca. United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, June 2006,
85 According to order 6160 of November 27, 2003, signed by Juan Carlos Riascos
86 Impactan Dos Aviones que Fumigan
Restos de Coca en
87 According to Order 1569 of September 21, 2006, signed by Henri Gamboa Castañeda, chief of the Area for Illicit Crop Eradication of the Anti-Narcotics Police.
89 The amount of complaints has increased, when included those presented before
other instances such as the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office. According to
Augusto Luengas, at least 8,955 complaints lodged due to presumed harm caused by
the aerial fumigations of coca with herbicides from 1997 to 2004. This figure
may be more approximate to reality, bearing in mind that, for only two
municipalities in one department from 2001 to 2002, the Human Rights Ombudsman’s
Office received 318 complaints: “Just in
the municipalities of Puerto Asís, Orito, and Valle del Guamuéz, the Human
Rights Ombudsman’s Office has learned of 318 complaints concerning the
affectation of 6,076 families and
90 Principales Pronunciamientos
Judiciales en Colombia respecto a
91 Nivia, Elsa.
Efectos de las Fumigaciones.
92 Testimony by a campesino victim of fumigations in the writ for the protection of constitutional rights against the National Anti-Narcotics Council, the National Anti-Narcotics Office, and the National Police, ruled on in the final appeal by the Contentious-Administrative Court of the Council of State, First Section, judgment of April 14, 2005 (Record No. 18001-2331-000-2004-00613-01).
93 Maldonado, Adolfo. Daños Genéticos
94 Nivia, Elsa.
Ecosistemas Colombianos en Peligro
por Cultivos de Uso Ilícito y Estrategias de Erradicación.
Boletín de Ecofondo, Nº 25: 19-25.