Conscientious Objection in Colombia

Organizations sign letter to Colombian Defense Minister demanding that conscientious objectors rights be respected

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97 organizations, churches and academics from Europe and the United States, including Nobel Laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel, signed a letter to Colombian Defense Minister Juan Pinzón, expressing their deep concerned about the human rights of Colombian youth who not only are recruited by illegal armed groups but also victims of illegal and irregular recruitment practices carried out by the Colombian military. The letter urges the Colombian armed forces to adopt practices throughout the Colombian military that will respect conscientious objectors, put an end to the illegal practice of street round ups (“batidas”), and adopt other recruitment protocols that strictly follow the law.

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