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Colombia: Veto Could Undermine Accountability

(Washington, D.C.) – Colombian President Iván Duque’s partial veto of a transitional justice bill could undermine and delay progress toward justice for wartime atrocities, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 10, 2019, President Duque announced that he would veto six provisions of a bill on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace —the system created as part of the 2016 peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The bill – one of the key legislative steps needed to carry out the accord – will go back to Congress, where lawmakers will decide whether to accept or override the…

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