HRW: Violence continues in Buenaventura
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HRW: Violence continues in Buenaventura

A new report by Human Rights Watch says gangs still operate freely in the crime-plagued port city of Buenaventura, with criminals carrying out murders and dismembering victims at an alarming rate a year after Colombia created a special task force to curb violence there.

President Juan Manuel Santos a year ago sent additional police and prosecutors to boost security in what has long been one of Colombia’s most-violent cities and a haven for paramilitary groups and drug traffickers.

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Murders have declined and arrests have gone up since then. But the report released Wednesday says gangs made up of former right-wing paramilitaries still control entire neighborhoods, extorting businesses and threatening women with rape.

Associated Press