An excellent example of what Canada can do to solve world peace problems:

CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ADOPTS RESOLUTION URGING THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO DISBAND PARAMILITARY GROUPS AND INVITING THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE THE POSSIBILITY TO PROSECUTE IN CANADA THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN COLOMBIA.

FULL TEXT OF RESOLUTION

It was agreed:

Reaffirming the importance of the universal protection and promotion of
human rights;

Noting the stated commitment of the Government of Colombia to the protection
of human rights and the achievement of peace in that country;

Noting that another round of peace talks between the Government of Colombia
and the guerrillas are to begin in January 2000;

Noting that Canada is an important trading partner of Colombia as well as a
donor of official development assistance;

Noting the repeated criticism at the UN Commission on Human Rights by the
Government of Canada of the poor human rights situation in Colombia;

Deeply disturbed by the findings of the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights that violations of human rights and breaches
of international humanitarian law in Colombia have increased and are
"serious, gross and systematic";

Deeply disturbed over evidence provided to this committee both by Canadian
NGO representatives as well as Canadian
government officials that  illegal paramilitary groups continue to receive
active and widespread support from Colombia's
state security forces;

Noting the public statement by the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
after the 1998 massacre in Barrancabermeja,
Colombia, calling on the Government of Colombia "to investigate these
assassinations thoroughly";

Having met and listened to Church, human rights and trade union
organizations as well as Canadian government officials,
deeply concerned with the situation in Colombia;

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade:

1.Condemns the repeated violence, kidnappings, massacres and the abuse of
human rights by all parties in Colombia;

2.Calls upon the Government of Colombia to intensify both its investigation
of the Barrancabermeja massacre and its activities to reduce and prevent
violence and the abuse of human rights in the country and to end impunity especially
with regards to crimes against humanity;

3.Calls upon the Government of Colombia to implement without delay the
recommendations made to it repeatedly by UN and OAS human rights bodies, in
particular those calling on the Government "to permanently disband
paramilitary groups by apprehending, trying and punishing those who belong to, lead,
organize, support or finance them";

4.Calls upon the Government of Canada to intensify its multilateral and
bilateral efforts to bring an improvement in the situation in Colombia and
to examine the question of whether it has legal jurisdiction to charge and
prosecute the perpetrators of the Barrancabermeja massacre in Canada and
report back to the Committee on this issue;

5.Calls upon the Government of Canada to exercise increased monitoring of
the impact of Canadian Corporate trade and investment in Colombia in order to
ensure that the presence and activities of Canadian corporations are not worsening
the conflict or the human rights situation and to report back to this committee
on this issue.

6.Will hold a meeting early in the new year and invite the Canadian
Ambassador to Colombia to follow up on these issues and ensure that the Committee's
deep concerns are conveyed to Canadian and Colombian officials at all levels.

7.Will remain seized of this issue, and will consider what further bilateral
measures may be appropriate to increase pressure on the Colombian
authorities.

[Source: STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE.
MINUTES
OF PROCEEDINGS AND EVIDENCE. Thursday, 16dec99. (Meeting no. 17).
By way of: Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America, and
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