The leader of the FARC-EP sets out the vision of the guerrilla on the most thorny issue of the negotiations; ie victims. Here is how they prepare for the negotiations.
A few days before finishing my most recent visit to Havana, where I enjoyed a unique World Cup amid Caribbean baseball players and finished a couple of book projects, I contacted Pablo Catatumbo to discuss the next issue on the agenda agreed between the government and the FARC: victims of the conflict. The guerrilla leader did not shirk the issue and we met for breakfast at a hotel in the Cuban capital, some hours before Colombia beat Uruguay in that memorable match that served James Rodr?guez to appear in the history of World Cups.
The FARC-EP in the center and north of the Valle del Cauca department denounces to the public:
As goodwill gestures in the search for peace with social justice and seeking to create a positive environment for the peace talks with the government, the FARC-EP has declared several unilateral ceasefires. The National Army, in contrast, has used our ceasefire to launch military operations in order to annihilate us.
In recent days, Dutch peace organization PAX has started a campaign to call Dutch people to not use energy from Essent, Nuon, E.ON, Delta en Electrabel; Dutch energy companies who directly buy coal from the transnational corporations Drummond (U.S.) and Prodeco (owned by Anglo-Swiss Glencore) in the region of Cesar (Colombia). The campaign is called STOP BLOEDKOLEN (?stop blood coals?). PAX also called for these companies to stop buying coal from the mining companies Drummond and Prodeco.
The association CONPAZ, of more than 113 Afro-descendant, indigenous and peasant communities and organizations in Colombia, has been working for 14 years with the communities affected by the armed conflict. Now this organization sents an open letter to James Rodr?guez.
?Communique by the Fifth Front of the FARC-EP?
Recently, the government army accused us of placing explosives in the village of San Jos? de Apartado. We clarify the following:
Taken from: www.colectivodeabogados.org
Press release Colombian Coalition Against Torture
Between 2001 and 2009, at least 1834 people were victims of torture. Of these, 422 survived, 1148 were killed and 264 were victims of psychological torture. Until 2014, over 26,000 forced disappearances have been reported; in the past 14 years, 63,183 threats have been denounced, hundreds of arbitrary arrests, 773 cases of torture, recorded in Justice and Peace, over 500.000 victims of sexual violence and about 5.000.000 displaced people.
May 3, 2014. Report from Havana
?Political prisoners suffer physical and psychological torture?
Havana, Cuba - The FARC-EP denounced that 11.000 political and war prisoners suffer torture, overcrowding, lack of medical help and lack of legal protection.
?We agree, Uribe: There shouldn't be impunity?
April 6, 2014
Havana, Cuba - The FARC-EP today offered its point of view on the declarations made by ex-president ?lvaro Uribe V?lez in regard to impunity and participation in politics for guerrilla fighters.