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The author uses the case of Colombia, a country with which the inter-American human rights system has dealt in the last twenty-five years, as an example to try to illustrate how the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and Inter-American Court for Human Rights have balanced the issue of remedies and reparations with the difficult task of repairing gross and systematic violations. The case of Colombia provides some insight on how international mechanisms are implemented in this region and, particularly, how some of Colombia’s official institutions and non-governmental organizations are trying to engage in a dialogue at the international level in order to find a way to provide relief for the victims of violent groups.



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