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The Impact of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Protection in Colombia

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In this chapter, the author argues that levels of violence in Colombia have declined solely because of the presence of the Office of the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country would be pretentious. One of the most controversial reports was the Bojaya report, in which OHCHR supported the version of events put forward by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC in Spanish) about the circumstances surrounding the civilian deaths. However, while OHCHR’s field missions in Colombia have been useful, the visits of UN special rapporteurs and independent experts to Colombia can be said to have had even more visibility and perhaps a greater immediate impact on human rights protection, as discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:Colombia; human rights protection; OHCHR; Revolutionary Armed Forces



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