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Colombian court orders state to compensate refugees

The Colombian government has been ordered to pay reparations to 120 families that lost members in a 1999 massacre by rightist militiamen that should have been prevented, judiciary officials said Thursday. The payment of 50 billion pesos (more than $20 million) is the highest ever imposed on the government for actions committed by the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) between May-July 1999 on the outskirts of the northeastern town of La Gabarra. A court in Cundinamarca province ruled Thursday that the government “is responsible by omission,” noting Carlos Castaño – the founder and then-chief of the AUC – had announced the massacre months before it took place. Full Story

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