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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…
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This article is the first of a series by Human Rights Watch to mark the 10 years since the Soacha cases.
 
 Retired General Mario Montoya Uribe, who commanded Colombia’s army between 2006 and 2008, stepped into the media spotlight again this month…
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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “