Colombia (eng)

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Assessing Claims of Declining Lethal Violence

In March 2007, HRDAG published a study entitled “Assessing Claims of Declining Lethal Violence in Colombia.” The authors of this report evaluated assertions that violence in Colombia declined after the demobilization of paramilitaries. They showed that these claims rest both on the overinterpretation of unadjusted data and on unsound causal inferences. The authors concluded that multiple data sources are needed to estimate the true rates of violence in Colombia after demobilization and they suggest avenues for further research.

This research paper is also available in Spanish at “Para Evaluar Afirmaciones Sobre la Reducción de la Violencia Letal en Colombia.

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