As a result of the Peace Agreement reached between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government after half a century of armed confrontation, the content of these agreements must be introduced into the legal system through Congress, where the original Peace Agreement is suffering modifications and sabotage on part of a considerable portion of congressmen.
More than 100 social organizations from Colombia and the world issued a statement on December 24 calling for the amnesty law to be applied to Colombian social leaders who are being held in connection with crimes of rebellion and accused of belonging to the FARC-EP or the ELN.
As contemplated in Peace Agreements, once these were endorsed and ready to implement, 6 spokespersons will integrate Colombian Congress, 3 in Senate and 3 in the Chamber of Representatives, in order to oversee and participate in the upcoming legislative debates regarding the laws that need to be passed in order to implement the agreements.
The US has had a historic active role in Colombian affairs in economic, social, political and conflict ambits. After the fueling of millions of dollars to reach a military defeat over insurgencies and failing to reach such objective, the political strategy has been slowly shifting towards a negotiated solution.
According to the organization, after the signing of the first peace agreement in Cartagena (September 26, 2016) 13 out of the 57 murders that have been monitored in 2016 have occurred.
Pastor Alape, member of the Secretariat of the FARC spoke with Contagio Radio about the challenges of the FARC in the future, the wave of violence and the proposed alternatives to overcome it, the war mentality still present in society and the arrangement of the path of moving from war on to the construction of peace.
The Delegations of the FARC-EP and the Colombian government, after the narrow victory of the NO-stand at the referendum, have separately met with representatives of the Yes-camp and the No-camp.
Victims of the political genocide against the Unión Patriótica – UP (Patriotic Union) and various political and social sectors of Colombia, recall the horrific years in which members of this political party were systematically threatened and killed by paramilitary groups with State complicity back in the 80s. Around 5000 lives were lost in those tragic years.
At a ceremonial act in the city of Cartagena in presence of national and international guests from all over the world, the FARC-EP and the National Government have officially signed the Final Peace Agreement after 52 continuous years of armed confrontation between the parties.