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This report provides the most detailed published account to date of criminal investigations into many specific brigades and battalions responsible for large numbers of alleged false positive killings, lays out the now substantial evidence that senior army officers were responsible for many of the killings, and assesses the obstacles that so far have impeded such officers from being held accountable. Based on an extensive review of criminal case files, judicial rulings, and data on prosecutors’ investigations into false positives; witness testimony, much of it previously unpublished; and our interviews with more than 40 prosecutors, witnesses, victims’ family members, and lawyers, among others.

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This report informs about human rights defenders situation in Colombia. It recommends that the international community “prioritize, in its dialogue with the Colombian government, the insistence that the Colombian government implement effective means to protect human rights defenders” and in order to put an end to these attacks.

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