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A leftist ICHR?

Some of those who criticized the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR) for granting the precautionary measures in favor of Bogota Mayor Petro have suggested that this occured because the ICHR has a leftist bias.

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Legal Chauvinism

None of the arguments made by the government or its lawyers explaining why they will not comply with the precautionary measures of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (ICHR) in Petro´s case are convincing.

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The Bullying Continues

Based on all the criticism the Inspector General´s Office received (including from those who did not support Petro), some of us thought, mistakenly, that the Inspector General would calm down.

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More on Petro’s Removal from Office

There is an crucial legal issue in Petro’s removal from office that has hardly been discussed. It is the following issue: Even if you accept that the Inspector General has the power to remove a mayor, it would have to be done through a rigorous and demanding process, that was not carried out in Petro’s case.

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The Law as a Form of Politics

Carl Von Clausewitz once said that war is the continuation of politics through other means. Many Colombians think that something similar happened with the law here; that is, the the legal debates are a continuations of politics by other means. At least that appears to be the opinion of the 73 percent of residents of Bogota who believe the removal of their mayor Petro from office was unjust.

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Unqualified to Disqualify?

This is about a key decision in defining the powers of the Inspector General’s Office regarding political rights. In the debate about the removal from office of Bogota’s mayor and his disqualification from holding elected office imposed by the Inspector General, the decision but the Inter-American Court in a similar case in Venezuela has been mentioned a lot.

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