Latin American Herald Tribune | 6/19/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombian Law to Aid Conflict Victims Labeled Discriminatory
Jun 19 -- Colombian opposition politicians and human rights groups said Wednesday that a bill passed this week to provide financial compensation to victims of Colombia’s decades-long internal conflict is a “step backward” because it discriminates against those who have suffered the consequences of state terrorism.
One of the most controversial provisions of the legislation – passed with the support of allies of conservative President Alvaro Uribe – is one that recognizes that state agents can be rights abusers; but compensation will only be paid if the agent was acting in the line of duty and has already been convicted in court.
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