On August 13, 2010, the IACHR granted precautionary measures for 179 families living in the settlements of El Vergel and El Pedregal, in the department of Cauca, Colombia. The request for precautionary measures alleges that these families are in a situation of extreme danger as a result of the armed conflict and the lack of measures to protect civilians who live in the area. According to the information provided, the inhabitants of these settlements were victims of bullet wounds, forced displacements, and other alleged acts of violence. The Inter-American Commission asked the State of Colombia to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and personal integrity of the 179 beneficiary families; to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the return, in conditions of security, of the families displaced from El Vergel and El Pedregal; to reach agreement with the beneficiaries and their representatives on the measures to be adopted; and to inform the Commission on the steps taken to investigate the facts that led to the adoption of precautionary measures.


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