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U.N. accuses Colombian government of human rights violations.

According to the U.N., Colombia’s US-backed security force has been executing innocent civilians in its counter-insurgency campaign, CNN reported Saturday.

Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke in Bogota, Colombia’s capital, and stated that the scale of the killings could be viewed as a “crime against humanity? under current international humanitarian law. Pillay also indicated that international courts could become involved if Colombia’s government was “unwilling or unable’ to conduct an investigation itself.

According to the Financial Times, Pillar’s statements came three day after Colombian president Alvaro Uribe fired 27 army officers because of their alleged involvement in the disappearances and executions of 11 men from a poor Bogota suburb earlier in the year. The firing was the largest in Colombian military history for alleged human rights violations.