Prioritizing Military Aid Over Human Rights

On Wednesday, September 15 the State Department announced that Colombia has been certified in order to receive U.S. military funding. Provisions in U.S. law prohibits U.S. military funding to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity. Every year the State Department conducts a certification process to ensure that countries are meeting human rights conditions. Colombia has always received certification even though human rights violations by the Colombia military and paramilitary forces continue with impunity.

A press release by the Latin America Working Group, Washington Office on Latin America, Center for International Policy and the U.S. Office on Colombia states the following:

The Colombian government has dramatically failed to meet its obligations to protect human rights defenders. During this certification period, threats against human rights defenders, Afro-Colombian and community groups increased exponentially, while no investigation into these threats has yielded results.

The Colombian government has dramatically failed to meet its obligations to protect humanrights defenders. During this certification period, threats against human rights defenders, Afro-Colombian and community groups increased exponentially, while no investigation into thesethreats has yielded results.

MCC partner, Justapaz, has also documented continued human rights violations against church leaders and faith communities.

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