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Monday, 24 October 2016 16:07

More than 500 organizations of victims support Special Jurisdiction for Peace

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More than five hundred victims and human rights organizations, represented by different platforms, issued a statement to the delegations negotiating the agreements, reaffirming their support for the Special Jurisdiction for Peace agreed in Havana as a contribution to the fight against impunity.

They emphasize that their right to the truth is not negotiable and that victims represent the section of society with more rights to decide how sentences ought to be paid.

María Mosquera, member of CONPAZ, said that “we have experienced many years of impunity in which the ordinary justice system does not allow to know the true facts (...) sentences do not help to correct what happened, as they are small sentences and give differential treatment privileges to the guilty”.

Mosquera notes that "prisons are not the solution, we need new mechanisms so that there is justice (...) we identify with Point 5 of the Havana Agreement which should be respected and strengthened”.

Alberto Yepes, lawyer of the US-Colombia-Europe States Coordination, said that the Special Court for Peace "goes beyond the ordinary courts, which collapsed because of high levels of impunity, and is a biased justice concentrated on the trial of only one of the actors”.

Among the organizations that signed the statement are: Coordination Colombia - Europe, United States (CCEEU), National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE), Ecumenical Committee for Peace Building Peace Communities in the Territories (CONPAZ), Interchurch Dialogue for Peace ( DiPaz), Colombian Platform for Human Rights, Democracy and Development and the Coalition of Social Movements and Organizations of Colombia (COMOSOC).

Source: www.contagioradio.com

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