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Communiqués published by the Peace Delegation, the Central High Command and the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP
Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

Our solidarity to Rocío Cuellar, imprisoned FARC-EP member who lost her baby

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Today, April 14, we received with deep sadness the news of the death of our comrade Rocío Cuellar Guevara’s baby. To her our fraternal embrace and all our solidarity in this difficult moment.

Our comrade Rocío was being held in the sixth yard of the Buen Pastor prison in the city of Bogota. She gave birth to her son prematurely on March 31 at the Engativá hospital in the Colombian capital.

Although it is true that the baby was born with some health complications, from the arrival of our comrade to the care center, she was held “without communication” as ordered by the INPEC [prison authorities], which is the reason why her family was not constantly informed of the health situation of Rocío and her baby.

Also read: "The ordeal of mothers of the FARC"

This is indisputably an aggression of an institutional, psychological and political nature by the Colombian State, materialized specifically in INPEC, the Ministry of Interior and Justice, and of course the Judicial Branch.

This action deters much of the desire for peace that they usually display in the media. On the contrary it reveals an attitude of revenge, through the repetition of acts of victimization against women members of the FARC-EP.

These are the consequences of the failure to adequately process amnesty and pardon requests that for no reason continue to rest in the offices of judges of Execution of sentences.

For the FARC-EP it is unacceptable that events like this continue to happen; this is another sign of the fragility of the State in protecting women and their rights; enough of the abuse of the power of the institutions against our comrades.

We demand that the case of Rocío is clarified.

It is urgent that the requests for amnesty, pardon and release of all our comrades are granted: that would show a true will of peace.

Central High Command of the FARC-EP