Colombia’s Congress Approves Transitional Justice System
nsnbc : Colombia’s Congress approved the establishment of the transitional justice system as stipulated in the peace accord between the State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) that was adopted by Congress in November 2016.
The approval of the transitional justice system puts Colombia on course to following the “relative” peace in the country up with justice for the approximately eight million victims of the 52-year-long civil war between the State and the FARC-EP. The system is consisting of a Transitional Justice Tribunal, a Truth Commission as well as a Missing Persons Unit.
Some 7,000 FARC guerrilla with the exception of minors under the age of 16 will face the transitional justice system. The vast majority of them who have not committed serious war crimes are expected to be granted amnesty. Some 24,000 State officials who have either been convicted of or charged with war crimes as well as about 12,500 civilians accused of financing terrorism will also be subject to the transitional justice system.
Several corporations including Del Monte, Dole and Chiquita will also face serious charges, against others, for crimes against humanity. The Missing Persons Unit will be tasked with clarifying the fate of about 60,000 Colombians who have disappeared, have been disappeared. The unit will among others search for mass graves scattered across the country.
A/N – nsnbc 14.03.2017