Colombia

The information relating to domestic torture laws has been adapted from the Compilation of Torture Laws tool available on the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) website, available here.

Date of ratification UNCAT: 8 December 1987

Relevant Laws

• Constitution of 6 July 1991
• Penal Code of 2000 (Law No. 599, 2000)

Relevant Articles

Prohibition of Torture:
• Article 12 of the Constitution

Definition of Torture:
• Articles 137 and 178 of the Penal Code

Penalties:
• Articles 137, 178, 179, 340, 348 and 441 of the Penal Code

Others:
• Defences:
o Article 93 of the Constitution
o Articles 32 and 83 of the Penal Code
• Lawful Sanctions:
o Article 178 of the Penal Code
• International law status:
o Article 93 of the Constitution

* Information compiled December 2008

Country file can be accessed via APT website here