The Integral Peace System Rejects The Murders Of Colombian Social Leaders

The Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition (SIVJRNR) rejected on Wednesday the murders of social leaders and former FARC combatants, which do not stop despite the pandemic, and asked the State to improve and guarantee the protection of defenders of human rights.

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In a video, the presidents of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), Patricia Linares, and of the Truth Commission, the Jesuit father Francisco de Roux, and the director of the Search for Persons Given by Disappeared Unit (UBPD ), Luz Marina Monzón, advocated for a greater empathy of society with the leaders.

The leaders and ex-combatants need “the protection not only of the State but of the entire Colombian society,” said those responsible for these organizations that make up the SIVJRNR, created by the peace agreement signed in 2016 between the government of then-President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerilla.

“All of Colombia must defend today more than ever the value of human life and not falter in the construction of peace,” they added.

They also stated that the defenders “need the protection of the State and of Colombian society, which overwhelmingly wants to end the armed conflict.”

The FARC party, which emerged from the demobilization of the guerrillas, revealed on Tuesday that 214 ex-guerrillas have been killed since the signing of the agreement, more than the 200 they had handled until the beginning of this month.

In addition, according to the Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz), so far in 2020, 140 social leaders have been assassinated in Colombia, 54 of them since the mandatory quarantine for the coronavirus began on March 25.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TRUTH

The spokesmen also regretted that “when the life of a social leader or a former combatant is interrupted, Colombian society loses the opportunity to reach the truth that the country needs and achieve social transformation that guarantees that these events will never be repeated.”

They also launched a call to society to support “the hard work they carry out for the transformation in Colombia” and reiterated their “commitment to clear persistent factors of this violence to advance in building conditions for the non-repetition of the armed conflict.”

“All of Colombia must defend the value of human life today more than ever and not falter in the construction of peace,” concluded the spokesmen of these organizations, which ensure the consolidation of peace in the country.

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