Colombia: Regime at odds with Congress over human rights sanction

Source: Colombia Reports [Colombia]

“The government of Colombia’s far-right President Ivan Duque clashed with Congress over recommendations of the Organization of American States (OAS) on how to comply with human rights standards. The OAS’[s] Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released a scathing report over the security forces’ response to anti-government protests that left dozens dead since April 28. In the report, the IACHR made 41 recommendations on reforms and actions that would allow the government and the security forces to comply with international human rights law. … In a response, Duque and Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez said that adhering to these recommendations wasn’t compulsory. The government may indeed ignore specific IACHR recommendations, but could be found guilty of blatantly violating international human rights law. The IACHR has the authority to prosecute OAS member states before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights.” (07/12/21)