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Yesterday, the Criminal Chamber of the Colombian Supreme Court (CSC) acquitted Colonel (r) Luis Alfonso Plazas Vega in a three-to-five vote in his favor, ordering his immediate release.

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Corporación Colectivo de Abogados "José Alvear Restrepo" (CCAJAR) and the Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP) express their rejection of this decision, which comes as a result of a study of an appeal against the second instance ruling that condemned Colonel (r) Plazas Vega to 30 years in prison.

The undersigned organizations reiterate our full support for the important work of the Group of Experts. The Group of Experts is composed of five internationally recognized, independent experts in the areas of criminal investigations, human rights, and attention to victims: Carlos Martín Beristain, Angela Buitrago, Francisco Cox Vial, Claudia Paz y Paz, and Alejandro Valencia Villa. They have conducted a highly professional investigation and produced a detailed and authoritative report.

Despite the absence of the State of Honduras, local and international human rights organizations denounced high levels of corruption and the lack of judicial independence currently assailing the country.

In an unprecedented move, the State of Honduras did not participate in two hearings convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), despite the pressing subject matter discussed and civil society's willingness to engage in dialogue with the State. It is important to not that, not even at the time of the coup d'état in 2009, did representatives ignore a call from the Commission.

This morning, Mijael Carbone Queipul, representative of the Mapuche people of the community of Temucuicui, gave his testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the attacks carried out by Chilean security forces.

The Territorial Mapuche Alliance (ATM), the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Foundation for the support of children and their rights (ANIDE), presented to the Commissioners and representatives of Chile visual evidence of violent acts against Mapuche children and adolescents, corresponding to police actions in recent years in the country.

Observation Mission on Human Rights in Paraguay

Between the November 11 and 14, CEJIL participated in an International Observation Mission on the Human Rights Situation in Paraguay. The Mission, formed by 43 representatives of diverse national and international social and human rights organizations, visited peasant and indigenous communities in four Paraguayan departments. The objective of the Mission was to reveal the human rights situation.

More information available here (in Spanish).