Practice Relating to Rule 154. Obedience to Superior Orders
In a case relating to conscientious objection in 1992, the Colombian Constitutional Court considered that a superior’s order that would consist of occasioning death outside combat would clearly lead to a violation of human rights and of the Constitution. As such it should be disobeyed.
In another case in 1995, in which the Court was examining the constitutionality of a military regulation that provided that a subaltern was obliged to obey a superior’s order that he/she thought unlawful, if the order was confirmed in writing, the Court took the same approach.