Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on the modification of the scope of the Colombian military justice system

Brussels, 30-12-2012 — / — The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission issued the following statement today:

“I have taken note of the adoption of the constitutional reform regarding the military jurisdiction in Colombia.

During the legislative process, the EU had expressed a number of concerns on this sensitive issue. We have received reassurances that this reform will not lead to impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations, in line with Colombia’s international commitments.

The EU expects that remaining concerns will be assuaged by the forthcoming implementing legislation. The application of the new rules – in particular with regard to the treatment of the pending investigations of alleged extrajudicial executions by state agents – will be crucial to demonstrate that the worries expressed so far are unfounded.”


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