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Report for the Universal Periodic Review on Colombia

In 2003, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed out that the human rights situation in Colombia “is characterized by serious, massive, and systematic violations of those rights, many of them constituting crimes against humanity.”1 Five years later, the violations remain serious, massive, and systematic. In many cases they have worsened, and in great part remain unpunished. The responsibility for these violations in the majority of cases is attributed to the Colombian State, as a result of direct perpetration or of tolerance or support of the paramilitary groups.