Latin American Weekly Report

04/02/2021 - ​Colombia’s JEP makes history with charges levelled at Farc leaders

Colombia’s former president Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) – a key architect of the momentous 2016 peace agreement with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group – described the news this week that eight demobilised Farc leaders had been charged by the transitional justice system (JEP) with war crimes and crimes against humanity as “a historic precedent for transitional justice and the resolution of armed conflicts worldwide”. The present government, led by his successor President Iván Duque, which has been fiercely critical of the JEP, suspecting that it will go easy on the guerrillas while going after soldiers accused of ‘false positives’, seemed somewhat taken aback.

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