José Alirio Chochué Molano, who demobilized after the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the former FARC guerrilla in 2016, was murdered in a rural area of the turbulent department of Cauca (southwest).
The NGO Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) reported this Friday in its X account that Chocué “was murdered in his home by a group of armed men,” in events that occurred in the Loma Larga hamlet. The Police reported that Chochué’s body was found at his place of residence with several gunshot wounds.
Indepaz recalled that in the area there is a presence of the Dagoberto Ramos front, of the Central General Staff (EMC), the largest dissident of the FARC, as well as local gangs.
The Colombian Government and the EMC culminated last Thursday in Bogotá the third cycle of peace talks with the signing of an agreement of commitments on social participation, socio-environmental issues and territorial transformation, and announced a fourth round for March. The EMC, among others, committed to “the reduction of violence in all the territories where it is present” and to suspend kidnappings for economic purposes.
With that of Chochué There are now four peace signatories murdered so far this year in Colombiaaccording to figures from Indepaz, which reported that from September 26, 2016 to January 15, 2024, 411 demobilized people have been murdered.