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Colombia government amends legislation to limit military court power
April 16, 2015
The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, w....... [more]

Colombia and FARC rebels agree to jointly remove landmines from rural areas
March 8, 2015
Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced on Saturday that they have agreed to help one another in removing landmines from rural areas of the country. The announcement came as a sign of progress, as the two sides have been engaging in peace talks for nearl....... [more]

UN rights expert condemns murder of Colombia journalist
March 5, 2015
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief Irina Bokova on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, state....... [more]

Colombia court upholds restrictions on adoption for same-sex couples
February 19, 2015
The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Wednesday upheld a restriction that same-sex couples cannot adopt children that have no biological relation to either parent. While the official text of the decision has not yet been released, the court did release a statement on their official Twitter page sa....... [more]

Amnesty announces concern over Colombia land returns
November 27, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing its concern that people hoping to gain their land back under the Victims Land and Restitution Law in Colombia may face problems ranging from bureaucracy to intimidation, causing them to fail to receive their land. The report, entitle....... [more]

Colombia farmers sue BP over environmental damage
October 16, 2014
More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia, previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million in compensatio....... [more]

UN report: Colombia should reconsider military jurisdiction expansion bill
October 2, 2014
A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill-85....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses Guantanamo detainee lawsuit
June 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Guantanamo detainee against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. According to the original complaint the plaintiff, Sami Abdulaziz Allaithi, was an Egyptian professor working in Kabu....... [more]

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agree to truth commission
June 8, 2014
Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday agreed to create a truth commission to investigate the deaths of thousands of people in the last five decades of the country's conflict. During negotiations in Havana, Cuba, the government and FARC agreed to recogn....... [more]

HRW: Illegal armed groups force residents to flee Colombia city
March 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report on Friday stating that illegal armed groups have caused hundreds of people to flee Colombia's main Pacific port of Buenaventura in the past two years. Historically, illegal guerrilla groups within Colombia have been concentrated within the rural areas outside....... [more]

Colombia top court rules expanded military justice system unconstitutional
October 24, 2013
The Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled in an unreleased decision on Wednesday that a constitutional amendment and pursuant statute expanding the military justice system is unconstitutional. Magistrate Jorge Ivan Palacio announced that the decision was based on "procedural defects" within the law....... [more]




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