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OIDHACO Newsletter – May-June 2013

The newsletter includes information on: peace process; the land issue - protests in the Catatumbo region, mining and forced displacement -; justice and military jurisdiction; human rights defenders situation, in particular journalists; and EU policy.

It contains the following sections:

-    Mining in Colombia: 80% of the human rights violations occurring in Colombia are taking place in mining and oil municipalities

-    Land in Colombia, source and object of conflict. The peace process must respond to this.

o    Forced displacement continues to worsen
o    Agreement on a “Comprehensive Agricultural Development Policy” in the peace negotiations
o    Violent repression against campesinos uprising in the Catatumbo region, Northern Santander

-    Attacks on defenders - special focus on attacks against journalists.

-    European Peace Roundtables

-    The reform of military criminal jurisdiction and its statutory law, a law which distorts International Human Rights law and reinforces the constitutional reform

-    Colombia in the EU

o    EU-Colombia human rights dialogue
o    Visit of the Colombian Defence Minister to Brussels

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