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The women of the People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) reject the media campaign that is being developed by some media and that uses the issue of sexual violence as a weapon against our comrades.

Published in FARC-EP
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:35

FARC National Political Council Press Release

The National Political Council of the People’s Alternative and Revolutionary Force (FARC) rejects the smearing media campaign and personal attack that uses the issue of sexual violence against our comrades as a battle horse. It is no coincidence that the calumnies increase as the dissemination of our message for the construction of an inclusive country with social justice expands. Will it be the fear of the conservative sectors for our electoral presence the cause of so much defamation and lies?

We call for a new way of doing politics. For a Colombia that favours ideas and for a new way of communicating that adds up and does not exacerbate hatred. Our country has lived an internal war for more than half a century that have left deep wounds that must be treated with respect. We demand not to hit once more women and men victims of violence of different order and we demand that the channels and time agreed upon to apply justice be respected. We accept and respect them.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were a political organization with rules of coexistence and strict regulations for the combatants that defined the internal relationship and with the civilian population. Failure to comply with these rules were sanctioned according to their seriousness.

The organization developed a policy of respect and inclusion of women and opted for the construction of revolutionary values ​​in the men and women who formed our ranks. As a result of that policy, we managed to maintain our struggle for 53 years with the support of the civilian population and the solidarity of the peoples of the world.

In the dialogues in Havana, we discussed and agreed to submit ourselves to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), but we also accept that those men and women who had committed acts unrelated to the political struggle should face ordinary justice. That determination was not included at the last minute in Congress, as some media have wanted to show.

The decision is contemplated in Point 5 of the Final Agreement (Agreement on victims of the conflict), article 40:

"Crimes against humanity, genocide, serious war crimes - that is, any infraction of International Humanitarian Law committed systematically - hostage-taking or other serious deprivation of freedom, torture, extrajudicial executions, forced disappearance, rape and other forms of sexual violence, child abduction, forced displacement, as well as the recruitment of minors, will not be subject to amnesty or pardon or equivalent benefits, all in accordance with the provisions of the Statute of Rome."

Regarding the issue of abortion, it is important that Colombian society knows that the internal regulations explained to women who were seeking to join the guerrillas that, due to the conditions of war, no pregnancies were admitted. The use of contraceptives was promoted and training was given for a healthy and responsible sexual life. Pregnant women had to make the decision to assume their maternity and withdraw from the guerrilla or terminate their pregnancy. The decision was of the woman and respected by the organization. If there are cases where the rule was broken, they will be judged by the JEP and the men and women in the process of reincorporation will submit to the decisions of the courts.

National Political Council
People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC)

Published in FARC-EP

The country and abroad the letters of Timochenko to the UN Secretary General, President Santos and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court were published. They reveal the alarm of his party for the pressing issues of the implementation of the Havana Agreements. The legal incorporation of the agreed texts became a real ordeal.

Published in Gabriel-Angel

Yesterday afternoon we attended the planned meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos and other high officials of the National Government in the Ministry of the Interior.

Published in FARC-EP

In order to ensure compliance with the commitments provided for in the Final Agreement, regarding the adequacy of the Comprehensive Care and Reparation Policy for Victims, the FARC-EP component of the Follow-up, Impulse and Verification Commission to the Implementation of the Final Agreement - CSIVI, wants to indicate the following to the public opinion:

Published in News

That the congress think to convert what is a legal duty, such as the defense of human rights, into a cause of inability is indeed shameful, but this will not go unnoticed within the international community”, says the legal adviser of the process of peace, Enrique Santiago, adding that he feels "used not to say deceived".

Published in News

Good afternoon. I wanted to make a few remarks publicly as I conclude this visit, which is the fifth time that I have been to Colombia over the past two and half years.

Published in Background

To Madame Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Rome, Italy

Published in News
Friday, 17 November 2017 20:07

Open Letter to President Santos

Bogotá, 16 November 2017

Mr Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, President of the Republic
Palace of Nariño, Bogotá.

Published in News
Friday, 17 November 2017 19:49

Open Letter to the UN General Secretary

Bogotá, Colombia, 16 november 2017

Mr. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, New York, USA

Dear Mr. Secretary General:

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