Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is visiting Washington this week to try to counter the fallout to his administration caused by the continuing scandal over impunity. Long lists of Colombian former and current politicians are under investigation due to alleged links to a paramilitary group listed by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). These allegations have undermined the Uribe Administration’s credibility on human rights issues. We urge members of Congress, President Bush and U.S. policymakers to ask President Uribe the tough questions about rights abuses and the lack of justice and accountability in Colombia today.
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