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Rights panel begins Colombia visit over possible abuses during protests

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By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) – Representatives from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) met with Colombian officials on Monday ahead of a three-day visit to gather information about possible rights abuses during nearly six weeks of anti-government protests. Dozens of deaths and injuries were connected to the demonstrations, many blamed on security forces. The death toll of 21 confirmed by the government does not match those of protest groups and rights organizations, which said dozens more were killed. The CIDH, an autonomous arm of the Organization of American States…

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