With the enactment of the sentence C-17 of 2017 the Constitutional Court has declared the Legislative Act 001 of 2017 that creates the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition;
The decision to lay down arms and thus close the cycle of military confrontation with the Colombian State was taken without contemplating setbacks.
Only 10% of the provisions of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), an essential component of the System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition (SVJRN) contemplated in the Peace Agreement, has been implemented in legislative and institutional terms.
According to Alejandra Gaviria, a member of the Victims of State Crimes Movement (MOVICE for its acronym in Spanish), the Special Peace Jurisdiction established in the Peace Agreement signed between the FARC-EP and the Colombia Government is an extremely important tool that will allow the country to pay off its historical debt with the fulfillment of the rights of the victims of the conflict.
With 61 votes in favor and two against this initiative was approved, on the last debate, by the plenary of the Senate on Monday night.
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.
The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is part of the Agreement signed between the FARC-EP and the National Government through which all parties of the armed conflict will have to respond to in terms of their actions within the armed conflict. The core aspects are for truth to be known and for there to be reparation to the victims and non-repetition guarantees.
In the context of the implementation of the Peace Agreements signed between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government a series of laws and legal procedures need to take place in order to incorporate these agreements into the legal system. Today, the Colombian Constitutional Court approved the “Fast Track” special legislative procedure. What does this mean?
In view of the changes made by the National Government in what refer to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace of the Final Agreement with regard to the responsibilities of State Agents, the FARC-EP Peace Delegation states that: