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    Panama; Colombia: Binational Agreement on Migrants in Transit Reached On August 9, 2021, Panama’s government announced that it had reached an agreement with Colombia addressing the number of North America-bound migrants who will be allowed to cross their shared border. The aim of the agreement is to ensure that border traffic can be managed in an efficient and safe fashion.The agreement provides a daily … Continue reading “Panama; Colombia: Binational Agreement on Migrants...
    • Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2021-08-31
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    Colombia: Registration of Venezuelan Nationals for Legal Immigration Status Begins (May 13, 2021) On May 5, 2021, the Colombian government began the first phase of registering Venezuelan citizens under the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants (TSPVM), which was adopted under Decreto 216/2021 of March 1, 2021. According to Migración Colombia, the Colombian government agency in charge of immigration, about 54% of Venezuelans in […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2021-05-13
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    Colombia: Congress Passes Law Ratifying Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons (Oct. 20, 2020) On September 10, 2020, Colombia’s Congress passed Law No. 2055 to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons. The convention had been adopted at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015, and entered into force on January […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-10-20
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    Colombia: COVID-19 Health Emergency Extended until July 1, 2020 (June 9, 2020) On May 28, 2020, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, issued Decree No. 749 of May 28, 2020, extending the health emergency previously declared because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ordering a mandatory preventive quarantine regime to remain in effect from June 1, 2020, to July 1, 2020. To ensure the […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-06-09
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    Colombia: Congress to Vote on Legislation in Virtual Sessions (May 5, 2020) On March 28, 2020, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez issued Legislative Decree 491/2020, which permits governmental bodies, including the legislature, to conduct business virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Article 12 of the decree allows for remote sessions in which members can deliberate by any means (por cualquier medio) and make decisions by […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-05-05
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    Colombia: Law Creating Interoperable Electronic Health Records System Enacted (Mar. 9, 2020) On January 31, 2020, the Colombian Congress enacted Law 2015, which creates an interoperable electronic medical records system that grants medical professionals online access to relevant clinical data, such as documents and clinical records covering the life course of each person. Under the new Law, health care providers will be required to […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2020-03-09
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    Colombia: Constitutional Reforms Proposed to Increase Punishment for Violent and Sexual Crimes Against Minors (Nov. 12, 2019) During debates over the last several months in the Colombian Congress regarding a proposed constitutional reform to apply life imprisonment to perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes against children, representative Jaime Rodriguez submitted an additional and highly controversial proposal to impose the death penalty for those who commit such crimes. Article 11 of the Colombian […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2019-11-12
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    Colombia: Congress Passes Laws Aimed at Improving Air Quality (July 31, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the Colombian Congress passed a law aimed at reducing the emission of air pollutants—80% of which, according to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, are produced by national transport, especially diesel vehicles. (Mejorar la calidad del aire, compromiso del Gobierno Duque en el Día Mundial del Medio […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2019-07-31
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    Colombia: New Law Mandates Loss of Right to Inherit in Cases of Abuse or Neglect of Relatives (June 13, 2018) On May 30, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1893 to punish children who abuse, abandon, or engage in questionable practices toward their parents by nullifying the children’s right to their parents’ inheritance. (Hijos maltratadores no podrán heredar: nueva ley de la República, EL ESPECTADOR (May 30, 2018).) Senator Roy Barreras, who […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2018-06-13
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    Colombia: President Promulgates Reform of Youth Citizenship Statute (June 13, 2018) On March 1, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1885 of 2018 on Reforming the Statute on Youth Citizenship (Law 1622 of 2013). The new Law creates a political electoral system allowing youth between fourteen and twenty-eight years old to elect members of and be elected to municipal youth councils. Under […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2018-06-13
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    Colombia/Mexico/United States: Joint Strategy on Transnational Crime (Jan. 26, 2018) On December 6–7, 2017, the attorneys general of Colombia, Mexico, and the United States participated in the Trilateral Summit Against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goal was to “renew the existing commitment to international judicial cooperation and to deepen joint strategies in the fight against transnational organized crime.” (Press Release, US Department of […]
    • Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2018-01-26
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    Colombia: Law on Presumptive Organ Donation (Sept. 6, 2016) On August 4, 2016, Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, promulgated a new law on organ donations. (Ley 1805 Modifica la Ley 73 de 1988 y la Ley 919 de 2004 en Materia de Donación de Componentes Anatómicos y se Dictan Otras Disposiciones [Law 1805, Amending Law 73 of 1988 and Law 919 […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2016-09-06
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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, […]
    • Contributor: Gutierrez, Norma
    • Date: 2014-02-18
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    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).) […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2012-06-25
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    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: • […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2011-09-09
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2011-08-04
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    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. […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2010-09-01
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante
    • Date: 2010-09-01
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2010-08-26
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2010-04-21
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Gutierrez, Norma
    • Date: 2009-04-13
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Rodriguez-Ferrand, Graciela
    • Date: 2009-03-12