Colombia: Assisting units that commit extrajudicial killings: A call to investigate US military policy toward Colombia

In 1996, Congress passed the first version of the Leahy Amendment which currently states that “no assistance shall be furnished . . . to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible evidence that such unit has committed gross violations of human rights”. This memo, from Amnesty International and the Fellowship of Reconciliation to the State Department, documents initial findings of non-compliance with the Leahy Amendment and conditions on military assistance to Colombia.

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