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 The EU is proud that protecting human rights is central to its efforts to make the world a better place, and has repeatedly defined this goal as integral to its foreign policy. That’s the theory. The reality often looks different – in Central Asia…
Kazakhstan police officers detain a protester during an opposition rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Venezuelans fleeing crisis at home have now become victims of armed conflict in Colombia

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A key issue arising out of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas is the definition of “command responsibility” that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace —the judicial system…
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The commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have often tried to whitewash the guerrillas’ role in recruiting children and other serious human rights abuses, including sexual violence and forced abortion. But Colombia now has a…
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This article is the fourth in a series by Human Rights Watch to mark the 10 years since the Soacha cases.
 
 General Mario Montoya Uribe, who commanded the Colombian army between 2006 and 2008, seems to have memory issues.
 
 In what came…
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This article is the third in a series by Human Rights Watch to mark the 10 years since the Soacha cases.
 
 Many in Colombia associate General Mario Montoya Uribe with the “false positive” killings committed when he was the head of the army.…
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This article is the second in a series by Human Rights Watch to mark the 10 years since the Soacha cases.
 
 Between 2002 and 2008, army brigades across Colombia systematically murdered more than 3,000 civilians. The bodies were recorded as…