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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:24 AM

Colombia military reform allows impunity for war criminals: UN .

Colombia military reform allows impunity for war criminals: UN .
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:00 Caitlin Trent

The United Nations warned Colombia that its proposed military justice reform could allow impunity of war crimes on Tuesday.

Among other organizations' protests, the UN High Commission for Human Rights urged President Juan Manuel Santos and Congress President Roy Barreras to review a proposed judicial military reform and to consider its potential consequences of soldiers and police escaping justice.

"If adopted, this reform would seriously undermine previous efforts undertaken by the Colombian government to ensure that human rights violations, allegedly committed by members of the Colombian military and police forces, are duly investigated and perpetrators held to account," said the UN human rights spokesman, Cecile Pouilly at a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.


The UN already expressed concern for the reform in October and are reiterating their pending apprehension of the proposed bill which they believe sends the "wrong message to the members of the security forces on the consequences of participating in the commission of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.


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