injurious/abusive act / [act of] aggression
I don't think "victimizing" works here as it means something slightly different in English. Here, we are talking about a catch-all term for acts or events that by their nature create victims of terrorism, hostilities, forced removal, threats, etc.
There are probably a number of ways of approaching this. One way might be "injurious act", "harmful act", or "abusive act" another could simply be "abuse" or "aggression".
Aggression is overt, often harmful, social interaction with the intention of inflicting damage or other unpleasantness upon another individual. It may occur either in retaliation or without provocation. In humans, frustration due to blocked goals can cause aggression. Human aggression can be classified into direct and indirect aggression; whilst the former is characterized by physical or verbal behavior intended to cause harm to someone, the latter is characterized by behavior intended to harm the social relations of an individual or group.
Involving injustice or illegality.
‘the abusive and predatory practices of businesses’
In the specific case you cite here, referring to forceful removal of people from their land, might even consider just using "harassment".
| Robert Carter|
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I am going to stick my neck out and suggest this after all. I have been persuaded by further research into documents on victimology that the verb "victimize", which in everyday speech means to single someone out for unjust treatment, is well established in what I believe to be the sense in which "victimizar" is being used in relation to the situation in Colombia.
One notable example is the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power,
Adopted by General Assembly resolution 40/34 of 29 November 1985. This document is concerned with victims not just of ordinary crime but of serious human rights abuses and atrocities, including genocide. It refers, for example, to:
"( a ) Victims who have sustained significant bodily injury or impairment of physical or mental health as a result of serious crimes;
( b ) The family, in particular dependants of persons who have died or become physically or mentally incapacitated as a result of such victimization." (Article 12)
and uses the precise term "victimizing act":
"11. Where public officials or other agents acting in an official or quasi-official capacity have violated national criminal laws, the victims should receive restitution from the State whose officials or agents were responsible for the harm inflicted. In cases where the Government under whose authority the victimizing act or omission occurred is no longer in existence, the State or Government successor in title should provide restitution to the victims."
This has been widely quoted in relation to genocide and other major atrocities, for example by Amnesty International UK here:
The UN again, in its Handbook on Justice for Victims:
"The first step inaccomplishing these goals and objectives is often for appropriate government and/or community agencies
to establish victim service programmes dedicated to providing services to victims and helping them cope with the traumatic
effects of the victimizing act and its aftermath."
So I think "victimizing act" (or "victimizing event", which is also used in the UN Handbook) corresponds pretty closely to what is meant by "hecho victimizador" in Colombia.
| Charles Davis|
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|Thanks to all for your help. ‘victimizing event’ suit perfectly. Thanks Tana and Charles for guiding me to grade an answer. cheers|