Official responses to questions for the record submitted by the Senate’s Peace Committee. (Scribd.com link from La Silla Vacía)
A discussion of lighter sentences for members of guerrilla or criminal groups who turn themselves in.
Colombia’s Army reports that four ELN members turned themselves in to troops in El Tambo, Cauca.
A data-filled report on the current status of implementation of the FARC peace accord, compiled by a group of pro-peace members of Colombia’s Congress. (link at juanitaenelcongreso.com)
A conversation with Emilio Archila, the presidential advisor for stabilization and consolidation, about how programs to reintegrate excombatants are adjusting to the coronavirus crisis.
- The government’s Reincorporation and Normalization Agency (ARN) announces that, during the period of COVID-19 social distancing, it will continue food and medical assistance for the 2,893 FARC ex-combatants who remain in 24 former demobilization sites (ETCRs). Monthly transfers of 90 percent of minimum wage are to continue through August. Nearly all outside visits to the ETCRs have been suspended by quarantine measures, and most ARN services, like medical consultations and technical training, are being provided virtually or by telephone.
A wide-ranging quarterly report about the state of accord implementation, from the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. (Link at undocs.org)
Here’s a new Colombia-related installment in WOLA’s podcast series. A conversation with Alex Fattal, whose 2018 book “Guerrilla Marketing” tells the story of the Colombian military’s employment of advertising campaigns to convince guerrillas to demobilize during the country’s armed conflict. His work explores the overlap between national security, global capitalism, and “branding.”
The podcast is above, or download the mp3 here.
Posted March 3, 2020.
A team of reporters profiles demobilized FARC guerrillas who have been resisting “dissident” groups’ calls on them to re-arm. Accompanied by a podcast episode.
- The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP) amnesties Marilú Ramírez, a FARC member who infiltrated the Nueva Granada Military University in Bogotá in order to set off a car bomb there in 2006. The attack wounded 33 people; Ramírez was sentenced to over 27 years in prison in 2015. After two years of deliberation, the transitional justice tribunal determines that the school was a legitimate military target, and the attack was therefore amnistiable under the peace accord.
- “Let’s eliminate the JEP, the Democratic Center Party has said so for a long time,” tweets the governing party’s founder, former president and current Senator Álvaro Uribe.
La Silla Vacía goes beyond the numbers, explaining the worsening crisis of homicides of demobilized FARC members.