Written by: Guérima Mahecha
We lived in Mesetas (Meta), where I'm from; my family consisted of 12 members: my mother and father, nine brothers and my maternal grandmother. In Mesetas we lived in a house and we also had a farm, which supplied our needs.
In the year 2000, in the town of El Castillo, Meta department, there was a raid of paramilitaries under command of Martin Llanos, accompanied and supported directly by the 21st Battalion "Vargas" located in Granada (Meta).
Iv?n Cepeda, candidate for senate of the Polo Democr?tico Alternativo, and the group of lawyers "Jos? Alvear Restrepo" received an e-mail with the subject: "Retire from politics or you will die, terrorists!"
At the peace talks in Havana, all our power lies in our ideas and the only weapon we have is the truth
The issue of victims that will soon be discussed at the Peace Talks in Havana has generated a huge barrage against the FARC-EP in the mainstream press. Even those who strive to look neutral, warning that the responsibility of government officials involved in illegal conduct should also be taken into account, end up being part of the general chorus according to which we are the worst offenders.
Written by Gabriel Angel
Paramilitarism doesn't exist, nor do its crimes, nor does the connection of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, the DAS, the fearsome SIJIN and other secret security and intelligence agencies of the State to the national plan of extermination and dispossession, carried out in Colombia for at least thirty years. The Colombian government has washed its hands in innocence, the most brazen representatives of heinous crime have become very respectable people now.
?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.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, February 26, 2014
The FARC-EP present six minimum proposals on "Anti-drug policy focused on cleaning up the narco-paramilitary, criminal and mafia-like structures entrenched in the state":
1. Specialized commission to identify narco-paramilitary power.
The drug policy will have one of its axes in identifying narcoparamilitary, criminal and mafia-like structures entrenched in the state, regarding the fact that these structures are an essential factor to the persistence and reproduction of the criminal drug industry. To this end, a specialized, interdisciplinary Commission will be created, involving representatives of the government, the FARC-EP, academia, political parties and political and social movements, and the Armed Forces and Police, which should present within six (6) months a "Report on the influence of narco-paramilitarism on the state and the Colombian society." This Report will contain a diagnosis and a definition of policy guidelines for the structural solution to the phenomenon of narco-paramilitarism in its various shapes and forms, including the current euphemistic name of "criminal gangs" (BACRIM).
2. Cleaning of the branches of the state and dismantling of narco-paramilitary influence.
The results of the "Report on the influence of narco (...)" will serve as a basis for the implementation of a policy of cleaning the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state, on national, departmental and municipal levels. Real and effective dismantlement of narco-paramilitary power in these areas should be ensured. In addition to the recovery of state legitimacy, overcoming the narco-paramilitary structures entrenched in these branches leads to the loss of its influence and control over the design and implementation of public policy in the most varied fields of economic, social and cultural development, as well as in crime policy and justice. And especially concerning specific configurations of security and defense policy.
3. Purification of the supervisory bodies and the electoral organization of the state and elimination of narco-paramilitary influence.
The "Report on the influence of narco-paramilitarism (...)" should also lead to the purification of the supervisory bodies of the State, particularly the Inpector General's Office, as well as the electoral organization, including the National Electoral Council and the National Registry Office. The effective measures of the Public Ministry, already clean, taken against all public officials committed with the phenomenon of narco-paramilitarism would be a contribution to a true democratic organization of society.Cleaning up electoral organization is a necessary move towards the elimination of narco-paramilitary political power, largely based on the capture of the political and representative system.
Moreover, the effective dismantling of narco-paramilitarism also includes the cleaning of Public Notaries, regarding the fact that Public Notaries, managed by individuals, have become an important factor in the institutionalization of the narco-paramilitary economy, particularly in the dispossession of lands.
4. Clean up the military forces and the police, as well as the intelligence services, and dismantle the narco-paramilitary influence.
In response to multiple investigations and studies, all publicly known, which demonstrate the historical articulation and coordination of narco-paramilitarism with military forces, the police and state intelligence services, as well as the results that the "Report on the influence of narco-paramilitarism (...)" the purification of these forces and services will be started. The persistence of the already mentioned structural links are an insuperable barrier of narco-paramilitary power, to the extent that they provide a political, economic and social control over the territory based on the exercise of violence, which is the basis of reproduction of the criminal drug industry, and of the enlistment of territories to promote new and lucrative business with land and natural resources, and access public resources.
5. Identify and dismantle narco-paramilitary territorial power.
The efforts to dismantle narco-paramilitary power entrenched in state structures, their branches and bodies, will become fruitless if not accompanied by measures and actions aimed at eliminating their territorial power. It is necessary to identify local criminal and mafia-like structures, their specific features, as well as the elites that are engaged and directly participating in narco-paramilitary territorial power. However, it's is not enough to move towards the eradication of such power. To achieve this, the political willingness of the state is requiered, as well as forceful measures and actions, in addition to its real and effective prosecution. All this should be accompanied by the corresponding designs of crime policy.
6. Special measures and actions against corruption produced by narco-paramilitarism.
The criminals and mafia networks have created corrupt companies, which are infiltrated in all state institutions. They are mainly supported by drug capital, used to finance political parties and electoral campaigns. Being so, it doesn't only affect the legislature at different levels, but also government positions. From these positions an important part of public procurement is being captured and, through them, budget resources. In the same way, the promotion of new business, coming up from territorial control, is legalized and guaranteed. Eradicate narco-paramilitary power implies, therefore, the implementation of specific measures to combat corruption originated in drug capitals, including the monitoring of these capitals throughout the economic cycle, which will be a special chapter of the crime policy of the state.
Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP
Government should dismantle narco-paramilitary structures
"Anti-drug policy should be focused on the dismantling of narco-paramilitary, criminal and mafia-like structures, entrenched in the state"
Havana, Cuba - With these words, Comandante Jes?s Santrich started reading the FARC-EP communique on the eighth minimum proposal in the framework of the discussion about illicit drugs. To read complete communiqu?, click here
The insurgency stressed the need for a specialized commission, which could study formulas in order to dismantle the criminal industry of drugtrafficking. The commission should present a report on the influence of narco-paramilitarism on the Colombian state and society.
The state's supervisory bodies should be cleaned up, especially the Inpector General's Office, the National Electoral Council, Public Notaries and the National Registry Office.
The FARC-EP also demanded cleaning the structures of the military forces, the police and the intelligency services, because of their relationship with narco-paramilitarism. Local criminal structures and elites should be identified and dismantled, too; this can only be done with a clear political willingness from the state.
The journalists again asked questions to the comandante of the insurgency, first about the state council, which supported the destitution of former mayor Gustavo Petro.
Santrich stressed that these were the "guarantees" of colombian democracy; he affirmed that a a lot of aspects of it should be changed and that a collective reflection is necessary. He claimed for a National Constituent Assembly in order to implement the necessary institutional changes in order to achieve a real democracy.
A second question was about the involvement of the FARC-EP in the business of drug-trafficking. According to the journalist, the FARC are put into circulation more than 1.3 billion pesos anually in drug-trafficking.
Jes?s Santrich explained about the enormous (media) manipulation involved in the issue of drug-trafficking, which has always been an instrument to demonize the guerrilla forces:
"There is a huge propaganda machinery, aimed at discrediting the insurgency. That's why we have insisted on a truth commission - which should be installed as soon as possible - to investigate about victims, but also about all these issues that have been surrounded by lies"