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New report by rights group adds to criticism of Colombian disarmament law

[JURIST] A new report released today by Human Rights Watch [advocacy website; report press release] is adding to international concerns that a Colombian law intended to encourage paramilitary groups to disarm [JURIST report] is too soft and would not allow Colombia to punish the paramilitary groups that had attacked leftist opposition rebels clashing with the government. The UN had asked Colombian President Alvaro Uribe not to ratify the law [JURIST report], but he signed it late last month [LA Times report]. The US is also concerned that the law would impede efforts to stop drug trafficking, and President Bush is expected to discuss it with Uribe when they meet at the President's ranch on Thursday. The New York Times has more.

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