On August 21, 2003, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe presented a bill that would permit certain paramilitary and guerilla leaders to avoid prison for gross human rights violations. These individuals would merely have to pay a fee - as reparations to the victims and their families. This note begins by discussing the history behind the bill, and then looks at two possible alternatives: a United Nations truth commission and jurisdiction by the International Criminal Court. The author concludes by suggesting that a truth commission would be the best solution.
Sarah R. Sandford-Smith,
A Toothless Tiger: President Uribe's Proposed Amnesty Bill,
28 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 167
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