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:
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.
Italian jurist Luigi Ferrajoli, theorist of criminal law, talks about the legal implications of the triumph of the NO-vote [to Final Peace Agreement] and what might be the way out of this limbo.
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.
A report from the Justice and Peace Chamber of the Superior Court of Bogotá points at more than 50 companies for alleged collaboration with illegal groups during the armed conflict.
Havana, Cuba, August 12, 2016
Selection mechanism of the judges of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace
The National Government and the FARC-EP inform that under the provisions of the agreement on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, we have reached an agreement on the criteria and the mechanism for selecting judges of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and the Director of the Investigation and Indictment Unit: