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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]

Colombia high court rules peace law constitutional
August 29, 2013
The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday that a law providing reduced penalties for rebels who confess crimes related to their membership in illegal armed groups is constitutional. The bill, known as the "Legal Framework for Peace," was challenged by rights activists who claimed that....... [more]

Colombia judge orders notary to perform same-sex marriage
July 29, 2013
A Colombian appeals judge on Saturday ordered a notary to marry a same-sex couple, following the couples' appeal after the notary refused to marry them on June 20. In the decision, Judge Campo Elias Cordoba stated that marriage was the only contractual option that would give the plaintiffs their in....... [more]

Colombia president defends constitutionality of peace law
July 26, 2013
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday intervened in the public hearing of the Constitutional Court to defend the Framework for Peace, a proposed constitutional amendment that brought about peace talks with the FARC and ELN, two rebel paramilitary groups. The country has been plagued b....... [more]

Former Colombia lawmaker convicted for involvement in massacre
March 7, 2013
A former Colombian lawmaker was found guilty on Wednesday for his involvement in a 1988 massacre that killed 43 people. Cesar Perez was convicted for allegedly financing the attack, which was reportedly carried out for political purposes. Negro Vladamir, one of the leaders of the attack, accused Per....... [more]

Colombia puts security forces under martial jurisdiction
December 13, 2012
The Colombia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will create a military court for armed forces and police forces who commit crimes. Reportedly, the new law will allow for any armed forces' crimes to be prosecuted by military tribunals rather than civil courts. A spokesperson for the UN Office of th....... [more]

Colombia, Nicaragua presidents express hope for peaceful resolution of water dispute
December 2, 2012
The presidents of both Colombia and Nicaragua on Saturday expressed hope for avoiding war and using dialogue to resolve a territorial and maritime dispute following a recent ruling on the issue by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The ICJ ended the dispute between the two nations by ruling....... [more]

UN rights commissioner concerned about Colombia military justice reforms
November 28, 2012
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed serious concern regarding Colombia's proposed constitutional reform to their military justice system. The proposed reform seeks to alter the scope of Colombia's military criminal justice system. S....... [more]




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