Human rights organisations denounce release of paramilitaries without trial

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 September 2014

In the second half of 2014, over 160 demobilised paramilitaries will be released from prison without ever having had a trial. The releases are being made under the agreements set-up as part of the Justice and Peace Law implemented in 2005 which saw the demobilisation of over 30,000 paramilitaries in exchange for reduced sentences.

Human rights organisations have spoken out against the failure of the process which have left the victims in the dark and have led many to label the Justice and Peace Law, the law of impunity. Of 4,327 demobilised paramilitaries who entered into the legal process, only 19 have been sentenced in over eight years.

Over 50,000 victims are reported to be left without the truth as a result of these releases.

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