Tag: Victims

June 3, 2020

The Organization of Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, MAFAPO, announces that it is pulling out of joint activities with the government’s Center for Historical Memory. The organization cites the attitude of the director named by the Duque government in 2019, Darío Acevedo, who in the past denied the existence of an armed conflict in Colombia.

Tags: National Center for Historical Memory, Victims

June 3, 2020

May 19, 2020

The Interior Ministry names 30-year-old Jorge Tovar, son of top ex-paramilitary leader “Jorge 40,” to coordinate its Internal Coordination Group for Armed Conflict Victims Policy. Though Tovar is not accused of any of his father’s crimes and has participated in reconciliation efforts, the nomination is highly controversial. In past tweets, Tovar has called his father—currently imprisoned in the United States on drug charges—a “political prisoner” and a “hero,” and has attacked leftist politicians. The Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) strongly opposes the nomination, as do Colombia’s national platforms of human rights groups.

On May 20, maximum FARC party leader Rodrigo Londoño angers many within his party by defending the Interior Ministry’s hiring of Tovar. Londoño calls Tovar “a person who seems committed to supporting peace and reconciliation processes.”

Tags: FARC Political Future, Paramilitarism, Politics of Peace, Victims

May 19, 2020

La paz en emergencia, avances y retos en tiempos de pandemia

Publicado por El Espectador Colombia 2020 el 8 de mayo de 2020.

A discussion of peace accord implementation amid the COVID-19 crisis, with Senator Iván Cepeda; Marco Romero of CODHES; Elena Ambrossi, a former member of the government peace negotiation team; Rodrigo Uprimny of DeJusticia; Representative Juanita Goebertus; Saúl Franco of the Truth Commission; and Representative Feliciano Valencia.

Tags: Compliance with Commitments, Public Health, Stabilization, Transitional Justice, Victims

May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Photo source: Tweet from Unidad Víctimas @UnidadVictimas

Tweet: “Two restitution measures and one satisfaction measure contemplated in the comprehensive reparation plan, will be implemented in La Gabarra township, Tibú municipality, Norte de Santander, one of the populations most affected by the armed conflict.”

Tags: Catatumbo, Victims

May 8, 2020