Posts Tagged ‘Tierras’

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Land Reform in Colombia: One step Forward Two Steps Back

Land reform in Colombia, while politically sensitive, is necessary to stabilize the country and end a violent conflict that has plagued Colombians for more than half a century. Colombia’s internal fighting has deprived millions of their land and livelihood. Adopted in June 2011, Colombia’s Victims and Land Restitution Law, also known as Law 1448, is an important advance in providing restitution for those displaced by the conflict.

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Injustices and Wars

Injustices cause wars but wars, in turn, also cause injustices. In Colombia, for example, injustice derives from the high inequality in agrarian land ownership, which was used by the guerrillas as a justification for their armed uprising.

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Hard Strike Against Sophisticated Strategies

The devious interpretation of the lawyers from Brigard y Urrutia of Law 160 of 1994, which allowed the accumulation of previously vacant lots by companies like Riopaila, has provoked different reactions. One of those was support from Senator Armando Benedetti, who said that, while the transaction was morally reprehensible, there was no doubt that it was legal.

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