Juan Fernando Cristo Bustos - Minister of Interior

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Juan Fernando Cristo Bustos

Juan Fernando Cristo Bustos is a Colombian committed to the victims, with them rights and with them integral reparations. He is a defender of pace process. He has become in one of the most authoritative and influential voices on issues that relate to the political and legislative diary of the country.

He was born in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander in July 11 1964. He was the son of Maria Eugenia Bustos de Cristo and Jorge Cristo Sahium who was a liberal leader that was murdered in 1997 by the ELN. Although he studied laws at the University of Los Andes, his life has been linked to the journalism, so, between 1988 and 1990 he was director of the newspaper La Noticia of Cúcuta.

He has served as private secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Consul in Caracas, and Communication advisor of presidency, Deputy of foreign affair and Ambassador of Colombia in Greece. After his father’s murder, he decided aspire to the Senate by the Liberal Party, positions that has been occupied during four consecutive periods.

During this 16 years he was president of the first and sixth commission, President of the Liberal Direction and President of Congress. As Parliamentary he promoted vital constitutional reforms as elimination of National Commission of television, CNTV, the Political Reform of 2003 and the competitive examination for the National Civil Registrar’s election.

Author and rapporteur of the Status of Youth Citizenship, rapporteur of the Statutory Law of Parties and Political Movements and the Legal Framework for Peace. Since 2007, after promoting the day of solidarity of the Congress with the victims of violence, introduced the Victims law, which was sanctioned in 2011 in order to ensure the truth, justice and integral reparation for victims of the conflict.

During his period as President of the Congress, initiatives such as the extended of 4 per thousand, the referendum for Peace and Project of Law against drunk driver, were approved. He was appointed by the president Juan Manuel Santos as Minister of Interior because he is “a person who manages the Congress affairs skilfully” and being the architect of the Victims Law, among others

He is the author of books such as “a year of change” and “the war for Victims” and  columnist for the newspaper La Opinión de Cúcuta since 1998.