No One to Trust drew attention to violations perpetrated by post-demobilization or “successor paramilitary groups”. The Colombian Government opposes their classification as paramilitary groups and refers to them as bandas criminales (BACRIM) or criminal gangs. They are not recognized by the Government as a party to the conflict. Because of this categorization, children associated with paramilitary successor groups are not entitled to the same protection and reparation awarded to children associated with FARC and ELN under the Victims Law (Law 1448 of 2011). Watchlist recommended to the Government of Colombia that the victims of these paramilitary successor groups be given the same legal treatment as victims of ‘traditional groups.’ Since the release of the report, there have been small yet important steps taken to address the issue. Public discourse about paramilitary successor groups in Colombia has progressed slightly, as demonstrated by a letter from the Colombian Ombudsman to the Minister of Defence in November 2012 [click here to read the letter in Spanish]. The Ombudsman argues that the BACRIMs should be classified as illegal armed groups so that they can be factored into the Ministry of Defense’s strategies, rather than being treated as a law enforcement matter. Also, the ICC (OTP) confirms that it continues to analyze whether so called ‘successor paramilitary groups’ could qualify as organized armed groups that are parties to the armed conflict or would satisfy the requirements of organizational policy for the purpose of crimes against humanity. (See ICC Interim Report on the situation in Colombia, November 2012, para.7).