March 21, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
October 24, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
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 ...[read more]
August 29, 2013
by Lauren Laing
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 ...[read more]
July 29, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
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 ...[read more]
July 26, 2013
by G. Redd
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 ...[read more]
March 7, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
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 ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Julia Zebley
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 ...[read more]
December 2, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
November 28, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
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. ...[read more]
November 24, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 24, 2009, the US State Department (DOS) stated that the US would not sign a treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. Though the US did not ...[read more]

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