The agreement on transitional justice signed yesterday by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) brings a ray of hope to the millions of victims of human rights violations and abuses committed during Colombia’s 50-year-long long armed conflict, said Amnesty International.
However, vague definitions and potential amnesties raise fears that not all human rights abusers will face justice. The only way for Colombia to move forward from its troubled history is to ensure all those who were responsible for the torture, killings, enforced disappearances, crimes of sexual violence or forced displacement of millions of people across the country are finally held to account for their crimes.
“This agreement is a very significant development and a clear sign that, finally, an end to hostilities is tantalizingly close. However, it still leaves many issues unresolved when it comes to ensuring that the many victims will receive truth, justice and reparation in accordance with international law,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.