Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Open Security explainer on Colombia's military justice legislative conundrum

Open Security has an excellent post by Professors Thomas MacManus and Alun Gibbs laying out with unusual clarity the complicated state of play on impunity and military justice reform in Colombia. While expressing admiration for the constructive role played by the Colombian Constitutional Court in the past, the authors offer a guarded prognosis for the current proposed military justice legislation:
"The institutional history of the court suggests that the justices would seek to safeguard the constitutional integrity of Colombia and its international commitment to human rights and the rule of law. But whether the Congress and the executive would be equally supportive and cooperative in this task still remains a point of concern. Certainly, the proposed Military Justice Bill gives cause for concern about the future political priorities for the government of Colombia’s transitional justice efforts."

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