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Colombia: New law strengthens impunity for human rights abusers

, Index number: AMR 23/017/2009

The right to truth, justice and reparation for countless victims of human rights violations committed during Colombia’s long-running armed conflict has again been gravely undermined following Congressional approval of a law which will grant de facto amnesties to 19,000 supposedly demobilized rank-and-file paramilitaries, many of whom are responsible for serious human rights violations, including killings, enforced disappearances and torture.

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