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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-14-03 02:17 PM
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13. Backlash to menacing "anti-terrorism" law
Colombian activists refuse to recognize justice system

Associated Press

Bogota Activists in several rural Colombian communities have declared they will refuse to recognize the South American country's judicial system in light of mass detentions of suspected guerrilla collaborators.

Calling themselves "conscientious objectors," the collection of farmers, teachers and human-rights advocates said they will not co-operate with authorities conducting investigations of such suspects and, if arrested, will refuse legal counsel.

"We refuse to contribute to false justice," the ad-hoc group said in a statement this week.

Further upsetting the opponents of the mass-arrests, Colombia's Senate approved an anti-terrorism bill Thursday giving the military sweeping powers to search homes, detain suspects without warrants and wiretap phones.

On Friday, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed its displeasure with the new anti-terrorism law, saying it could pave the way for arbitrary arrests. (snip/...) /

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