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Weekly Report - 06 June 2019 (WR-19-22)

COLOMBIA: Courts reassert authority and row behind peace process

In just one day and in one fell swoop Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) and constitutional court (CC) delivered blows to the political authority of President Iván Duque and restored a significant amount of confidence in the ailing peace deal signed with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) in 2016. In separate rulings the CC and the CSJ determined that the presidential vetoes raised against the statutory legislation of the transitional justice system (JEP) had been lawfully overturned by congress and that the detained former Farc leader, Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), enjoys immunity from prosecution and must be set free. The rulings have stoked political tensions in Colombia and could create problems for Colombia-US relations.

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