Saturday, June 11, 2011

Colombia Enacts New Law on Rights of Victims of Human Rights Violations

Colombia has enacted a law to compensate victims of human rights violations.  The Victims' Rights and Land Restitution Law focuses on the rights of victims, rather than on how to deal with those who committed crimes, who may still be unknown.  

The law reinforces the right to remedy for lands seized illegally and recognizes the different needs of different victims, especially women, children and displaced people. It lays the foundation for justice for some 3.5 million displaced people and estimated 500,000 victims of human rights abuse.

(mew) (Adapted from a UN Press release)

CORRECTION:  An earlier version of this post stated that the number of displaced people was 35 million.  That number was in error, as we learned from the Colombian Embassy in the United Kingdom.  It should have been 3.5 million.  We regret the error and remind all of our readers to please contact us if you see something that needs to be fixed or explained further.

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