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Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:50

Peace is everybody's business

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The decision to lay down arms and thus close the cycle of military confrontation with the Colombian State was taken without contemplating setbacks.

Convinced of the need to make a qualitative leap in history and thus travel the paths of Peace without renouncing ideas, the struggle for social justice and the construction of alternatives for the working class today, as 50 years ago, subject to the impairment of their rights.

Almost a year after the formal ceremony at the Teatro Colón and after the FARC complied with the agreement, we watch with concern the slow development of the implementation of the agreements that after a long five-year dialogue, working groups, and the participation of committed men and women in Cuba, we managed to achieve with the national Government.

Many obstacles have been overcome or at least identified, beginning with the narrow interests of the extreme right that made the armed conflict its most comfortable trench, where they accumulated wealth and erected powerful political machineries protagonists of the most improbable acts of corruption, scourge that today is revealed as the main cause of the economic, ethical and structural crisis of State institutions.

As if that were not enough, with the aim to end the Fast Track, in the Congress of the Republic, the articles of Political Reform and Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) are being processed with irresponsible slowness: indeed the JEP hangs on a thread as it has been turned into a trade good by parliamentary sectors that press the government in search of bureaucratic gifts that strengthen their campaigns ahead of the 2018 elections.

So evident has been what has been pointed out here, that the Office in Colombia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a public call to the Legislative power asking to speed up the approval of the statutory bill of the JEP.

In unison, while more than a thousand of our activists are still deprived of their liberty in contravention of the agreement, and at least thirty have been killed in a systematic process against the People’s Alternative Revolutionary Force and prominent social leaders, we see with optimism the determined participation of hundreds of organizations throughout the national territory that are reluctant to see the longing for Peace truncated and mobilize demanding the State to fulfill what was signed in Havana.

The call is to strengthen the unity of the people and position the slogans in defense of the agreements, hopefully breaking the siege of social networks and recovering the initiative in the streets.

Furthermore, we should raise our voice in protest against the sabotage and opportunistic appetites of political sectors throw in the middle of the road like dead cows on the path of Peace.


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