It is common for people to have knowledge about the basic and most common crimes that occur in society, but few know exactly what sedition means . This term is used to refer to the type of crime committed by several people who rise up publicly and in large groups with the use of force.

What is sedition?

The sedition is a crime which is committed by those who coalesce to form public to prevent by force or outside the law , that the laws are applied and that institutions can not take administrative decisions or court .

  • Definition
  • When the sedition occurs
  • Types of sedition
  • Elements
  • Legislation by country
  • Pain
  • Prescription
  • How it differs from the rebellion
  • Examples of sedition


The sedition is a type of crime that is based on the group lifting of individuals against their rulers or of the current authorities . It is a movement that turns out to be less serious than a rebellion and is seen as a crime that acts against public order. This type of crime is also collective and is carried out against the elected constitutional authorities, against public order and against everything related to military discipline, but which, despite moving large masses , does not cause serious measures to be taken .


When the sedition occurs

The sedition occurs when various organizations begin to encourage the authority to feel the opposition of its inhabitants and for this, they begin to carry out a series of demonstrations and public speeches to convince more people.

Types of sedition

There are the following types of sedition:

  • Crime of sedition as the main author : in this case the main author is the one who is in charge of organizing the entire crime and is also in charge of guiding all the actions . This type of crime can be caused by a single person or by a group of them.
  • Crime of sedition as a participant : here, sedition occurs in those people who show their support for the situation and also decide to participate in the activities that are presented. In this type of crime, the sentences are minor as well as the disqualification of the charges, which generally do not exceed eight years in their entirety.
  • Conspiracy, provocation and sedition proposal : here, we seek to establish a punishment for those people who have been in charge of promoting the crime but the situation has not yet been finalized. The lower penalties are established for this type of crime and, if the crime does not have a single representative, then all those who are involved in the crime are taken into account.


The elements that are part of the sedition are mentioned below:

  • Conspiracy which occurs when two or more people agree to execute a crime and then execute it.
  • Proposition , which exists at the time the decision to commit the crime is made.
  • Provocation that implies incitement through the media or other means that are effective in order to facilitate the transmission of information.
  • Apology that implies the exhibition before a certain group of people under any means of diffusion on the different ideas related to the subject.

Legislation by country


In the country, the Penal Code is in charge of regulating the crime of rebellion. Within title XXI , article 472 onwards, are the crimes that are against the Constitution.


The legislation on sedition is found within the Federal Penal Code in its Second Book First Title which refers to crimes against the nation. Article 30 establishes the different penalties that can be established when sedition is committed.


In Colombia, the crime of sedition is defined as the temporary obstruction of the constitutional or legal regime with the use of weapons.


In the country, sedition is seen as a totally unlawful type of conduct and is regulated in the General Political Constitution .


It is a visa like any type of armed force or assembly that in the name of the rights of the people commits a crime of sedition. It is regulated in the penal code in articles 229 and 230.


In the country, sedition is regulated by the federal laws of the United States, which contemplate a crime of “seditious conspiracy” in title 18 of section 2.384 of the US Code. The crime can occur in an attempt to overthrow the government, to appropriate its property, or to occupy the same property.


As for the penalty established against the crime of sedition, it will depend at all times on the Penal Code that each country has. In general, if the person is the author of the crime, the penalty can be between 8 and 10 years in prison . When they are people who are already constituted in authority , then the penalties can amount to between 10 and 15 years.

When this crime is carried out by ” main bosses ” who are also in charge of the rebellion, then the prison sentences can reach up to 25 years and in addition, total inhibition of their positions is established. It is important to mention that those in charge of executing the plan but who lay down their weapons before using them, may be given a lower penalty in terms of degree.


Regarding the prescription of the crime of sedition, it is carried out following the same terms as for other crimes. It is usually done as follows.

  • When twenty years have passed , when the maximum penalty for the crime is imprisonment of fifteen or more years.
  • At the age of fifteen , when the maximum penalty indicated by law is disqualification for more than ten years, or imprisonment for more than ten and less than fifteen years.
  • At ten years, at the time that the maximum penalty that has been indicated by law is imprisonment or disqualification that exceeds five years and also does not exceed ten.

How it differs from the rebellion

Rebellion and sedition are crimes that despite having differences are closely linked . Their differences are few and sometimes they are also confused. In this case, rebellion turns out to be a more serious crime than sedition since the former carries out a violent and also public uprising , therefore, the main difference lies in the violence .

The sedition needs of authors that may raise publicly and in groups in order to prevent either using force or out of legal avenues, the application of laws. The rebellion implies the violent and public uprising to achieve certain objectives that include repealing , modifying in whole or in part or suspending the entire Constitution or to declare independence in a certain part of a territory.

Examples of sedition

Some examples of sedition are mentioned below:

  • The assault on a presidential house or seat of government with the aim of removing the government from power.
  • Preparatory acts that gather large numbers of people seeking to change a certain law.

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