Retired officers say 'total peace' is a 'resource of impunity'

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Recently, the new director for the Americas of the NGO Human Rights Watch, Juanita Goebertus, announced that she is opposed to Colombia negotiating with those who failed to comply with the agreements of peace signed in 2016 with the national government

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Retired officers say that ‘total-peace’ is a “resource-of-impunity”


On Thursday of last week, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, sanctioned the Public Order Law after the definitive text was reconciled in Congress. This occurred in the midst of the total peace project that the president has proposed since before he was elected. Opinions on this have been varied and, in fact, retired officers expressed their disagreement about it.

“There will be people who will negotiate with the government the options to end a war of many decades ago, which must end definitively, without echoes.For Colombian society to be the true owner of the country, the true owner of Colombia's destinies. The real and peaceful democracy that we need”, commented the president before making the first sanction of his government.

On the other hand, it was the retired sergeant major Luis Orlando Lenis , president of the Foundation for the Dignity of the Heroes of Colombia, who stressed that this regulation would allow impunity. “Total peace is simply a resource plus impunity where articles are being placed where even 'Iván Márquez' can be forgiven, they are getting into the system in such a way that all those who have committed crimes in this country have the possibility of accessing and being free ”, he denounced in an interview with Noticias RCN.

“Iván Márquez in Venezuela, with his criminal empire, with the so-called FARC dissidents, that should not exist because they have already entered a peace process, they cannot repeat peace processes”, added to that informative portal. Recently, in an interview given to the newspaper El Tiempo, the new director for the Americas of the NGO Human Rights Watch, Juanita Goebertus, announced that she is opposed to Colombia negotiating with those who failed to comply with the peace agreements signed in 2016. with the National Government, at that time, headed by Juan Manuel Santos.

As he detailed, it is necessary to understand that in the country there are different armed groups outside the law, taking this into account, he emphasizes, it is the people who now make up the 'Second Marquetalia' who should not be part of the new benefits. . That armed group is made up of people who, previously, were within the extinct FARC, a guerrilla group with whom the Santos government managed to talk to reach a ceasefire deal. The dissidents of this criminal group argued that they were returning to arms due to lack of compliance with what was signed with the then Colombian president.

Retired officials say ‘total peace’ is a “means of impunity”

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“Our position is that these people cannot be part of new benefits because they precisely failed to comply with the clear rules of renouncing the use of violence, disarming and contributing to the reparation of the victims and the truth in exchange for special criminal treatment. Factions of the FARC that never submitted to the negotiations are a different thing and that under the standard of international humanitarian law could be part of the armed conflict and there could be a conversation with a transitional justice effect”, he clarified. the official in her talk with that national media outlet.

The signing of the document in which this plan was exposed was signed in the Presidential House of Hato Grande. Petro explained that the negotiations will be divided into negotiations with the justice and legal authorities and others directly with the government. This is the first law that Gustavo Petro passes in his position as head of state. What he did was sanction the extension and modification of Law 418, known as the Public Order Law. This opens the possibilities for the Government to begin “building negotiations with those who are outside the law, to achieve the dream of 'total peace' in Colombia.”

The document, in addition to having the signature of Gustavo Petro, has the endorsement of the ministers of the Interior, Alfonso Prada; Defense, Iván Velásquez and Justice, Néstor Osuna. “This is great news for the country and for all Colombians who long for our children and grandchildren to grow up in a country free of war where dialogue prevails over any form of violence,” the Ministry said. of the Interior.

It should be taken into account that, parallel to this process, the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces announced that they were ready to negotiate. “We remain committed to the total peace that this government has announced, hoping that the legal and political issues that must be resolved before a process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of any illegal armed group will materialize” , says a document signed by this criminal group published by the magazine Semana.