Colombia: a truth commission for peace

11 June 2014 by IJT

Ahead of next Sunday’s run-off in the presidential election in Colombia, the government and the FARC rebel group have agreed to set up a truth commission to investigate the deaths of around 220,000 people during the last five decades. 

“The rights of the victims are non-negotiable,” says a statement released on 7 June from Cuba, where the peace talks have been held since November 2012. “The presidential election has become for many a referendum on the validity of the peace process”, comments a BBC correspondent. After land reform, political participation and illicit drugs, the new phase of the peace talks will debate the rights of the victims. 

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