June 11, 2014
by William Hibbitts
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 ...[read more]
June 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
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 ...[read more]
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]

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