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Impunity - Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia?

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August 21, 2012

Today the US Office on Colombia releases its latest report, Impunity: Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia? By examining each stage in the judicial process under the new system, and illuminating important distinctions between Colombia’s accusatory system and the Anglo-Saxon model, the report indicates that there are several impediments to due process and access to justice, particularly for grave human rights violations, under Colombia’s accusatory system. The report includes a reflection on US investment in the accusatory system and the role the US government could play in urging the Colombian government to discuss potential reforms to the system in order to guarantee an efficient judiciary with access to justice for all victims of human rights violations and infractions of International Humanitarian Law.