Amnesty Bill’s ‘Choice of Wording’ Concerns Human Rights Watch (E)
In a December 25th, 2016 letter to President Juan Manuel Santos, Human Rights Watch Jose Miguel Vivanco assesses the amnesty bill whose discussion started by the Colombia’s Congress. It states that, “we are concerned that the choice of wording in some provisions in the Amnesty bill could limit accountability for abuses, for which there is a duty to prosecute.[…] Specifically, the bill (a) lacks cohesion with Colombian criminal law; (b) employs vague legal categories that should be clarified; (c) only excludes explicitly some war crimes; and (d) relies on a limited definition of child recruitment.
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