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Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

Political and civil rights in Colombia are still systematically violated

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In a report presented to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination (CCEEUU) highlights that despite the positioning of a public agenda that references the rights of victims of the conflict and the peace process with guerrilla organizations, the violations of Human and Civil Rights in Colombia still persist in a systematic manner and the policies and legal provisions have not had the adequate or necessary levels of implementation.

This report included the participation of 269 Human Rights organizations –that constitute the CCEEUU platform- and centered the temporary analysis between 2010 and 2015. It states that there has been “insufficient compliance with the obligations derived from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” such as:

“(1) Measures taken by the State related to obligations on human rights, (2) Persistence of the armed conflict, (3) Right to life, (4) Violation of the right to humane treatment, (5) Right to freedom and freedom of conscience and religion; (6) Status of internally displaced persons (7) The right to reparation for victims, (8) Arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family life, home or correspondence, (9) Freedoms of opinion and expression, assembly and association, and (10) Rights to equality and non-discrimination”

This report raises serious concerns on the capability of the State to guarantee basic human and civil rights, the political willingness to overcome the systematic violation of these rights by the State and paramilitary forces, and the highly expected end of the armed conflict and its inherent hostilities.

The civil, social, political and cultural sectors to which these basic human, civil and political rights have been violated are precisely those who have been historically excluded from the realm of politics and decision making at local, regional and national levels. This makes a case for the persistence of the factors that have caused and reproduced the armed conflict in Colombia, thus a change of policies and true political willingness to overcome this complex situation implies an enormous advancement towards the construction of peace.

“The participant organizations of this report expect for the [UN human rights] Committee to express its support to the “Final Agreement for the termination of the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace” and call on the State to advance towards prompt solution that allows to start the implementation phase maintaining at all times the victims and their rights at the core of the Agreement”.

Reference:

CCEEUU. (October 18, 2016). Colombia no ha cumplido con las obligaciones del Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos. Taken from:  http://coeuropa.org.co/colombia-no-ha-cumplido-con-las-obligaciones-del-pacto-internacional-de-derechos-civiles-y-politicos/

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