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U.N.: Amnesty plan benefits abusers

As one of the last of Colombia’s illegal right-wing paramilitary groups prepares to demobilize its troops, a U.N. report has slammed the government for an amnesty law that benefits these groups. Much of the annual report released Monday by the office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCR) is devoted to the Justice and Peace initiative of President Alvaro Uribe, adopted into law last year in congress. The law paves the way for thousands of paramilitary fighters — whose war against left-wing guerrillas often included massacres, disappearances or expulsions of suspected guerrilla supporters — to return to civilian life under a peace process that began in 2003. Full Story

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