Colombian armed forces rescued 15 hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Ms Betancourt was held prisoner for six years in the Colombian jungle. Still the FARC holds many persons captive under primitive circumstances.
FARC is described worldwide as a terrorist group, indulging in activities such as extortion, kidnapping and illegal drugs trade. Many of its actions are in violation of international humanitarian law.
The Peace Palace Library has a wide collection of literature on terrorism, hostages, and international humanitarian law.
Keywords : Terrorism, Hostages, Guerrillas, International humanitarian law, Kidnapping