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Former Colombian Guerrillas Reject Congress and Court Decision

Ivan Marquez (L), leader of the FARC national Political Council added that there was flagrant non-compliance with the amnesty law, which has prevented the release of all the guerrillas, contrary to what was agreed in Havana
Former Colombian Guerrillas Reject Congress and Court Decision

The leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) expressed and emphatic rejection of the latest decisions by the Colombian Senate and the Constitutional Court regarding the Special Peace Justice (JEP).

In a press conference in this capital, leaders of the party Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Comun (Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common – FARC) especially questioned the change approved in Congress that disqualified human rights defenders as magistrates of peace.

Ivan Marquez, leader of the FARC national Political Council added that there was flagrant non-compliance with the amnesty law, which has prevented the release of all the guerrillas, contrary to what was agreed in Havana.

Regarding the Court decision, he clarified that although it legalizes the JPE, it excludes civilians and State agents responsible for serious illegal actions.

‘I say to the court that the agreement was intended to end the conflict and impunity, and that the justice system agreed cannot exclusively reach not one, but all the actors, whether they have used uniform or not,’ he said.

In that reference, he asserted that they were establishing the JPE as justice system exclusively conceived for the FARC.

Respect the content of the agreement reached in Havana, Marquez demanded.

Regarding what happened in Congress about the aforementioned peace court, he said they were delivering a hypocritical discourse about the victims and added that it was incredible that no human rights defender can be part of the JEP as a magistrate.’

Pablo Catatumbo, another member of the FARC National Political Council, announced that faced with what happened in Congress, they would turn to international authorities for ‘the peace agreement to be enforced.’

As things are going, this process could only be saved by mass people mobilization out in the streets, the guerrillas agreed.

Source/Prensa Latina

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