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U.S. Base Deal for Colombia: Back to the Status Quo

Published by Foreign Policy in Focus

By John Lindsay-Poland and Susana Pimiento, October 8, 2010

As the dust settles on the August 10 Colombian Constitutional Court ruling declaring invalid the U.S.-Colombia military bases agreement, politicians and analysts are saying that the decision was for the better. Most of those voices come from former supporters of the deal —including Liberal Party presidential candidate, Rafael Pardo.

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USOC Releases New Report on Colombia

The U.S. Office on Colombia recently published a new report on the situation in Colombia:

Still Waiting for Justice: The challenges facing the new Colombian administration to overcome alarming levels of impunity and how the U.S. government can help

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GA and Beyond: Colombia

by Linda Eastwood

Tell Secretary Clinton: No Human Rights Certification for Colombia

In the next few weeks the U.S. State Department will decide whether or not to certify that the Colombian government is doing enough to prioritize human rights to merit continued U.S. military aid.

The U.S. government can send a strong message to the new Colombian administration by telling the truth: Colombia's government has not sufficiently respected human rights in the past year to deserve certification.

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Colombian High Court Throws Out U.S.-Colombia Military Bases Deal

Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled invalid the agreement signed last October allowing the United States to use at least seven military bases in Colombia. In a ruling issued on Tuesday, the high court said the agreement is an international treaty, and must be approved by the Colombian Congress and its constitutionality reviewed by the court itself.

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Report: U.S. Military aid to Colombia has direct, negative effect on human rights

A detailed report released today by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) describes how U.S. funding to the Colombian military has been supporting army units whose members have killed hundreds of civilians.

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Drawing on extensive data from the Colombian Attorney General’s and Inspector General’s offices, 20 human rights organizations, the U.S. State Department, and the Colombian military, the report shows that massive military training, equipment and intelligence provided under the rubric of Plan Colombia have abrogated U.S. human rights law and contributed to the killing of thousands of civilians by the Colombian Army.

“The U.S. has provided more than $6 billion in support to Colombia since 2000,” said John Lindsay-Poland, FOR’s research and advocacy director. “This money is used to support military units that have been proven to murder innocent civilians. That is outrageous and needs to stop.”

GA Update: Peacemaking Issues

By Jan Orr-Harter

The long-awaited GA plenary session on Peacemaking and International Issues came and went, with excellent results, but not quite as we expected the process to go. We'll take the results.