UN condemns plans for the jurisdiction of military courts

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 November 2014

The United Nations have presented a series of objections to plans for widening the jurisdiction of military courts in Colombia, saying that these plans are “not consistent” with international human rights obligations.

UN representative Todd Howland called on the Colombian congress to make important changes to the project and to specify that only cases regarding future incidents would be covered by any changes. He argued that the proposal as it stands would affect Colombians’ trust of the armed forces and question their commitment to human rights.

Howland complained that there is still no legislation in Colombia to protect victims of the false positives and wiretapping scandals. He said that Colombia has to decide how it will face the human rights violations of its past, prevent past mistakes from being repeated and ensure that human rights are protected.

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