Mojarras, in the municipality of Mercaderes was the meeting point of the more than six thousand peasants from northern Nariño and southern Cauca, who converged there from their territories and took part in the great mobilization for peace called to demand the implementation of the agreements signed between the national government and the FARC-EP.
The first delegations to arrive were from Leiva and Rosario, north of Nariño and then those of the municipalities of El Patia, Balboa, Algeria and Mercaderes. The rally began with greetings by the delegations and organizations and the musical intervention by singers from southern Cauca.
Later, marchers began walking through the Panamerican avenue that lead to El Estrecho (Patia), and wanted to have an act of reconciliation and memory with the army in the facilities of the military base of High Mountain Battalion of the Brigade 29. Unfortunately, the captain in charge, refused to come out and didn’t allow his soldiers to receive the flags the peasants were offering.
According to Jonathan Centeno, spokesman of the Political and Social Movement Patriotic March Cauca, “the balance of the day is positive because the rural communities continue to express peacefully their willingness to accompany and support the Havana agreements”.
Rural communities were emphatic in stating: “We are tired of war, and demand the implementation of the agreements in our territories and the realization of a National Political Agreement soon, as signed between the government and the FARC-EP”. These will be the first steps to mitigate the neglect by the State and build a different country and region.
Victim Organizations reject proposals of Final Agreement detractors
Victims’ and human right defender organizations, accompanied by representatives Alirio Uribe and Angela Maria Robledo, reported their request for a hearing to be held at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to present their concern on the proposals of the sectors that advocated the NO-vote. Impunity for victims in Colombia would be perpetuated if these proposals where to be accepted, because they are lax with crimes committed by State agents and private individuals.
In Colombia, more than 98% of crimes committed by State agents are in impunity. Crimes such as forced disappearance, with 45,944 direct victims, for which paramilitary groups and members of security forces have been blamed by 84%, in turn there are 4,475 victims of extrajudicial executions, all attributed to State agents.
According to the attorney Soraya Gutiérrez, director of the “José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective”, proposals such as those given by Congressman Uribe “precisely intend to detract State agents from justice and are directed to ignore the rights of victims and particularly the victims of State crimes “.
For these human right organizations, the Comprehensive System of Justice and Reparation –established in the Final Peace Agreement- allows progress in overcoming impunity in crimes committed not only by the FARC-EP, but also by the State, its military forces, paramilitary groups and individuals who participated in the armed conflict.
Diana Gomez representative of the State Crime Victims Movement (MOVICE in its Spanish acronym) said “we believe that the measures aimed at protecting State officials, businessmen and politicians, don’t favor the right to truth that the victims have and reiterates a pact of silence” to which she added “many of the victims are not looking for jail as a mechanism for justice but to be able to know the truth”.
The respective press release was signed by the following organizations:
Alirio Uribe Muñoz – Chamber of Representatives
Ángela María Robledo – Chamber of Representatives
Centro de Estudios Juan Gelman
Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular, CINEP – Programa por la Paz
Colectivo Socio Jurídico Orlando Fals Borda
Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz
Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos – CPDH
Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos Corporación CAHUCOPANA Corporación Claretiana Norman Pérez Bello
Colectivo de Abogados “José Alvear Restrepo”
Corporación Jurídica Libertad
Corporación Jurídica Yira Castro
Fundación Nydia Erika Bautista
Fundación Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos – FCSPP
Hijos e Hijas por la Memoria y contra la Impunidad
Humanidad Vigente Corporación Jurídica
Movimiento de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado – MOVICE
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