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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

What comes after the approval of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace?

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Jairo Estrada, member of Voices of Peace [a group of 6 spokespersons to Colombian Congress in representation of the Peace Agreement], stated that what comes after the approval of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), is the legislative act of political reincorporation of the FARC into legal political life, which begins the process in which "all the particular conditions are given to the FARC in order for it to become legal political party".

In addition, he said that the draft legislative act, which will create 16 Special Territorial Constituencies in places that have been victims of the conflict and characterized by conditions of inequality and extreme poverty, will be presented next week.

Also read "Colombian Senate Passed Special Jurisdiction for Peace"

This previously mentioned Special Territorial Constituencies was something agreed between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government in which 16 seats will be granted in Congress to representatives from the regions of Colombia that have been most affected by the armed conflict.

According to Estrada, these constituencies will serve not only to bring up in Congress issues such as the historical segregation of these regions, but also to force a renewal of the old political structures that have been perpetuated in the legislative branch of power.

Also read "Some seek impunity by changing Special Jurisdiction for Peace"

"An important normative framework in general for the popular field of our country is outlined. Under the understanding that these normative frameworks are not enough ... if these are not accompanied by the corresponding social and popular support it will surely remain just in paper", concluded Estrada.

Source: Contagio Radio

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