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The head of a new commission formed to expose the truth behind human rights abuses committed during Colombia’s long civil war has said it will focus on society’s “most fragile” and look at why sexual violence against women was so prominent. The 11-member truth commission, part of a 2016 peace deal between the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, started work this month and will convene hearings on select incidents of violence.  “We have been asked to focus on the most fragile of victims — women, children, old people, indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups, and LGBT people,” he told Reuters in an interview. “We want to establish what were the main patterns behind the biggest human rights violations … the patterns that explain why women were raped, why land was stolen, why mass displacement occurred, why people were forcibly disappeared, why 30,000 people were kidnapped.”

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