Colombia: A summary of Amnesty International's concerns related to the Colombian Government's implementation of the ICCPR

Colombia: A summary of Amnesty International's concerns related to the Colombian Government's implementation of the ICCPR

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Index Number: AMR 23/017/1997
Date Published: 1 March 1997
Categories: Americas, Colombia

The long-running human rights crisis in Colombia has deepened since August 1994 when the government of President Ernesto Samper Pizano took office. The civil conflict, characterized by blatant disregard for human rights and international humanitarian law standards, has reached alarming proportions in several regions of the country. The optimism and expectation generated by President Samper's human rights policies have not been borne out and the political will of his government to end enduring and systematic violations is increasingly open to doubt. Over 2,000 people were victims of politically motivated killings in 1995 and a similar figure was registered in 1996. More than 300 people "disappeared" after detention by the armed and security forces. Torture continues to be widespread. Social protest continues to be considered subversive. This document is a summary of Amnesty International's concerns.


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