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Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru: Trade Protocol Signed

(Feb. 18, 2014) The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance. The signing took place on February 10, 2014, at the closing ceremony of the 8th Pacific Alliance Summit, held in Cartagena de Indias, […]

Colombia: Congress Approves Framework Law for Peace

(June 25, 2012) On June 14, 2012, Colombia's Congress approved a constitutional amendment that provides the legal framework for peace talks with leftist guerrilla groups. This process would give legal benefits to demobilized members of guerrilla and paramilitary groups. (Marco para la Paz Aprobado en Conciliación en Cámara y Senado, EL ESPECTADOR (June 19, 2012).) […]

Colombia: Amendments to Electoral Code

(Sept. 9, 2011) The Colombian government announced that in mid-September 2011 a bill on a new Electoral Code will be ready to be submitted to the country's Congress. (Gobierno Colombiano Envía Nuevo Código Electoral al Congreso, NOTICIAS LATINOAMERICA MSN (Aug. 30, 2011).) The bill includes several major changes to the current electoral law, including: • […]

Colombia; United States: Free Trade Agreement and Labor Issues

(Aug. 4, 2011) The United States and Colombia have negotiated a free trade agreement (FTA) whose ratification has been pending in the U.S. Congress since 2006. The suspended ratification of this FTA with Colombia can be attributed in some degree to political opposition from unions and human rights groups. The opposition is fundamentally based on […]

Colombia: Recognition of Aboriginal Languages

(Sept. 1, 2010) On January 25, 2010, Colombia adopted Law 1381, which develops and regulates certain provisions of the Political Constitution and of Law 21 of 1991, which had approved Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries. Law 1381 regulates the recognition, promotion, protection, use, preservation, and […]

Colombia: Individual Insolvency Law

(Sept. 1, 2010) Colombia's Law 1380 of January 25, 2010, establishes the insolvency regimen for natural persons (with the exception of merchants). This new insolvency regime allows debtors who are Colombian residents to negotiate any type of debt with their creditors in a non-judicial, conciliation procedure. Alimony obligations are the only exception to this benefit. […]

Colombia; United States: Constitutional Court Suspends Military Cooperation Agreement

(Aug. 26, 2010) The Constitutional Court (CC) of Colombia decided on August 17, 2010, that the Acuerdo Complementario para la Cooperación y Asistencia Técnica en Defensa y Seguridad entre los Gobiernos de la República de Colombia y el de los Estados Unidos de América (Complementary Agreement on Cooperation and Technical Assistance on Defense and Security […]

Colombia; European Union: Trade Agreement Ready to Be Signed in May

(Apr. 21, 2010) A trade agreement between Colombia and the European Union is ready to be signed by the parties, possibly on May 19, 2010, during the fourth summit, in Madrid, of the EU and Latin American and Caribbean nations. The agreement would open the EU market to rum, bananas, and sugar from Colombia free […]

Colombia; Honduras: Agreement on Biofuels Signed

(Apr. 13, 2009) On March 16, 2009, Presidents Manuel Zelaya of Honduras and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia signed a complementary agreement to the Basic Technical Cooperation Agreement of 1980, on technical cooperation in biofuels. They also inaugurated the construction of a biofuel plant for the production of biodiesel from African palm oil in the Honduran […]

Colombia: Decree Grants Freedom to Guerrillas Who Demobilize and Free Hostages

(Mar. 12, 2009) The Colombian government, on March 3, 2009, issued Decree 614 of February 27, 2009 (DIARIO OFICIAL (Feb. 27, 2009)) which allows the government to seek from the courts the suspension of detention orders for illegal armed groups when the groups demobilize and surrender their hostages. The requirements to qualify for this benefit […]