RFK Center For Human Rights Warns of Setback in Justice in the Wake of Colombian Law Approval

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Originally appeared in Human Rights Brief

The RFK Center for Human rights joined other organizations in sounding an alarm regarding Colombian legislation that could seriously impede the work of human rights advocates. Two bills would expand the nation’s Military Court’s jurisdiction by mandating that any case involving a member of the armed forces or police including “infractions” of international humanitarian law to be tried in military court. The RFK Center cautions that the Military Court, though appropriate in some instances, may be a more difficult system to prosecute perpetrators of human rights violations as an arm of the executive branch of the Colombian government. Instead, it argues, the civilian courts, ostensibly with more civilian oversight, is the appropriate venue for these cases.

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