The absurd and infamous declarations by Governor of Antioquia Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, suggesting child sexual exploitation and prostitution in the Transitional Pre-grouping Point of San Francisco, Yondó, are an affront to the men and women of our organization and an attack to the construction of stable and Durable.
Imelda Daza Cotes, a spokeswoman for the movement Voices for Peace, which brings together citizens in the defense of the peace agreement, made a historic intervention on Monday, December 19, in the Congress of the Republic in the debate on the approval of a draft amnesty and pardon bill for those in arms.
The discussion of the amnesty project begins in the first Senate and Congressional Committees of the Republic.
The congressmen will work in extra sessions until the end of the year to expedite the approval of the first project to be presented in the implementation of the peace agreement signed at the Teatro Colón.
This project will aim to provide legal certainty to those members of the insurgency who are not accused of serious crimes or of crimes against humanity, that is, a large part in the ranks of the guerrilla. This measure seeks to bring amnesty as widely as possible to those who have risen in arms and committed political and related crimes.
It is worth noting that this law will also provide legal stability to members of the FARC who are in the pre-grouping areas and will be transferred to Transitional Normalisation Zones (ZVTN). Likewise, this project will cover those members of this organization who are imprisoned and who fulfill the reasons for being granted amnesty.
This project is expected to be approved in eight days.
For its part, the Democratic Center continues to underline the will of the majority of Congress to quickly begin implementation of the Agreement. It is in this sense that depending on the speed with which these issues are dealt with, a clear message will be sent to the insurgency and Colombian society that this Congress is going for peace.
The difference between amnesty and pardon is that the first is a law that must be approved through fast track by Congress and the second is the power of the President and is of immediate compliance.
Just a few days passed from the signing of the new Peace Agreement in Havana and in Colombia only this week four civil society leaders have been killed, while last week, two members of the FARC were killed by the army.
In a letter addressed to President Santos, 40 MEPs from different political parties and groups supported the new peace agreement with the FARC and called for a speedy endorsement, keeping the victims at the center of the agreement.
The Tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism of the Ceasefire and Bilateral and Definitive Hostilities is investigating the events that took place on November 15 in the municipality of Santa Rosa, south of the department of Bolívar, which resulted in death of two people from the FARC-EP. The situation of a third member of the FARC-EP, unharmed, is being investigated.
On Monday the UN has set in motion the verification of the bilateral ceasefire between the Colombian State and the FARC-EP. The ceasefire has been called by the parties last August, in the last stage of the peace negotiations in Havana.
More than five hundred victims and human rights organizations, represented by different platforms, issued a statement to the delegations negotiating the agreements, reaffirming their support for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace agreed in Havana as a contribution to the fight against impunity.
According to the Information System on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders 19 activists have been killed and there have been a total of 63 individual attacks, in the period between July and September 2016.
The people of Colombia will march again on Wednesday, October 19, to demand the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement signed on 26 September by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP).