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Uribe Faces EU Questions on Human Rights

A top European Union official warned Colombian President Alvaro Uribe that he faces a barrage of questions about his government’s respect for the rule of law when he visits Europe next month to win backing for his tough, U.S-backed security policies. EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten made the comments Thursday at the end of a two-day visit during which he angered government leaders with thinly veiled criticism of Colombia’s new anti-terrorism laws. The legislation, adopted by Congress last month, gives the armed forces sweeping judicial powers to detain suspects without warrants, tap phones and search homes as part of Uribe’s campaign to crush a four-decade leftist insurgency. Full Story

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