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Colombia Massacre Raises Rights Issues

A Colombian army unit blamed for a massacre denied killing the eight civilians, even as the United States called for a swift investigation Friday. The slayings raise doubts about the military’s commitment to human rights and jeopardize part of Washington’s huge military aid package to this embattled nation. The potentially explosive case is undergoing scrutiny days after the State Department reported human rights violations by the Colombian Armed Forces but said the situation has improved. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will certify in the coming weeks whether Colombia’s human rights record is good enough to warrant full military aid. “I don’t know how they can possibly certify right now, as long as doubts exist about this massacre,” said Adam Isacson, a Colombia expert with the Center for International Policy in Washington. It would be highly unusual for Washington to suspend aid to one of its strongest allies in Latin America. Full Story

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