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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:00

LGBTI organizations and activists greet the new peace agreement

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The LGBTI organizations and activists express our satisfaction at the announcement of the signing of a new agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP. We celebrate the effort and speed with which the parties have worked in this complex stage of the country. We reiterate our recognition of the legitimacy of the Peace Process to advance in the task of making changes and incorporations of the agreement and maintaining its spirit.

The words of the negotiators offer peace of mind to social sectors, and especially the women and the LGBTI population. We are confident that the new text will meet the aspirations of the parties and ours. We will be attentive to fully know the content, to effectively identify that the LGBTI people are recognized as victims of the conflict, subjects of its implementation and as stated by the heads of the negotiating delegations: "No content of the Final Agreement will be understood or interpreted as the denial, restriction or impairment of the rights of individuals" We persevere in the confidence of finding in the new text the elements that guarantee the country a stable and lasting peace.

Lgbtis.jpgWe will surround with the social mobilization, the knowledge and protection of the new agreements, in addition we will participate in the oversight and citizen participation on the process of their implementation. The central aspect of the implementation must remain to be the victims of the armed conflict, as well as the territorial approach that takes into account the living particularities of the country´s regions.

We urge for a gender subcommittee to be set up in order to monitor the implementation of the gender approach, affirmative action and the principle of equality and non-discrimination that are transversal to the agreement, with the participation of women's and LGBTI organizations.

We continue to wait for a direct conversation with the President of the Republic, because the path of peace requires for everyone´s voice to be heard.

We reaffirm our commitment with the end of the armed conflict, and for that reason we urge the rapid initiation of dialogue with the ELN in the city of Quito, Ecuador.

Finally, we join the joy of the millions of Colombians with the hope that the implementation process will begin without delay in order to reach a country in Peace.

Bogotá D.C., November 13, 2016.

Source: Prensa Rural

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