Act 198 1995

Original Language Title: LEY 198 de 1995

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(July 17)

Official Journal No. 41,932 of 17 July 1995

By which the National Flag is ordered to be raised and the patriotic symbols placed in public and educational establishments, military and police installations, and representations of Colombia abroad, and they are dictated other provisions



ARTICLE 1o. Order the raising of the National Flag and the placement of the National Shield, permanently and throughout the national territory, to the main entrance of the buildings where entities operate national, departmental, district or municipal public, military and police facilities, and educational establishments, as well as in the headquarters of the diplomatic and consular missions of Colombia in the outside.

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ARTICLE 2o. The specifications of the national emblems will be those defined by the Law.

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ARTICLE 3o. The Rectors or Directors of the public or private establishments of primary and secondary education, will have to celebrate once a week, during the academic periods, a civic ceremony with participation of all the students, in which the National Flag will be held and the National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia will be sung.

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ARTICLE 4. Public servants who exercise the utmost authority in the entities and facilities concerned by the article 1o, and in the educational establishments of a character They must comply strictly with this Law. Otherwise, they will be punished, in accordance with the pre-existing disciplinary regime, or in accordance with the regulations issued by the National Government.

PARAGRAFO. When the non-compliance with the items in 1o and 3o, will occur in private educational establishments, they, as legal persons, will be punished. by competent authority, with successive fines of five (5) minimum monthly salaries up to one hundred (100) minimum monthly salaries.

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ARTICLE 5o. The departmental, district or municipal planning offices, as appropriate, will indicate the exact sites where the National Flag should be located, when public or private buildings are This law is located in areas declared historic or constitute national monuments.

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ARTICLE 6o. The National Government will order the National Institute of Radio and Television, Inravision, to produce a program of fifteen (15) minutes long, allusive to the National Flag's hoisted, which include the execution of the National Anthem, a tribute to the National Flag and an apology to a Colombian hero or a fact relevant to the history of our independence, which should be broadcast on Sundays from eight in the morning (8:00 a.m.) by Channel 3 of Inravisión and the National Broadcasting of Colombia (Inravisión Radio).

PARAGRAFO. The National Institute of Radio and Television, will have the service of interpreters or letters that reproduce the texts used in the Sunday program of this Law, intended for people with hearing limitations.

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ARTICLE 7o. The Ministry of Communications * will advance the efforts to make regional television channels, radio stations and radio stations independent of private character, simultaneously and on a voluntary basis, broadcast the Sunday program of the article 6or, for which the National Government will be able to establish the stimuli and subsidies that are necessary. In this case, the private stations will be able to produce and originate, in turn with the Inravisión channel 3 and the National Broadcasting of Colombia, the civic program.

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ARTICLE 8. As of the enactment of this Law, television channels and stations and radio stations that have continuous 24-hour programming must issue The official version of the National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia, at six in the morning (6:00 a.m.) and at six in the afternoon (6:00 p.m.).

official version of the National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia is to be issued at the beginning of the day and when the daily work is closed.

PARAGRAFO. Television channels, radio stations and independent private radio stations, which broadcast the programme set out in Article 6o, will be exempted from the obligation precept in the article 8o, during the days Sundays.

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ARTICLE 9o. Corresponds to the Ministries of Government, Foreign Affairs, National Education and Communications, to ensure the dissemination and fulfillment of this Law, within the scope of its powers.

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ARTICLE 10. The Minister of National Education will submit a semi-annual report to the National Congress ' Second Commissions on compliance with the provisions of this Law, at the beginning of the period The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Education, will give the Minister of Education the result of the management of their respective ministries, as regards the dissemination and compliance with this Law in terms of its competence.

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ARTICLE 11. This Law governs from its enactment.

The President of the honorable Senate of the Republic,


The Secretary General of the honorable Senate of the Republic,


The President of the honorable House of Representatives,


The Secretary General of the honorable House of Representatives,



Publish and execute.

Dada en Santafe de Bogota, D. C., on July 17, 1995.


The Minister of Government,


The Foreign Minister,


The Minister of National Education,


The Minister of Communications


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