Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


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.