"I want to propose that they declare this law enforceable from the perspective of the rights of victims": MinInterior

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Alejandra Parra
Bogotá D.C.
02 Aug 2017
  • This was the call made by Minister Guillermo Rivera at the public hearing held in the Constitutional Court on the Amnesty Law.

"I come not only as a minister but as a citizen who has worked for a decade for the rights of the victims", Minister Rivera said at the beginning of his speech, recalling that, at the time, it was not possible to speak about the rights of the victims.

"Law 1448 is the first step that allowed Colombians today to count on an agreement that will put an end to the military confrontation” Minister Rivera said.

The head of the political portfolio argued that this law meets the international standard because, among other things, it adopted a reasonable five-year deadline for approval, which allows the JEP Special Jurisdiction for Peace “to move forward in their investigations and have reasonable time to make decisions”.

He also referred to article 14 of Law 1820, which guarantees the rights of victims. "The law establishes amnesty for political and related crimes, as well as an intermediate figure," he said.

The minister warned that this law contains “the principle of gender equity, as well as the ethnic approach and the subjects of special constitutional protection" and reiterated that "this is an exceptional time that the country lives”, in which the rate of Homicide rate is the lowest that 40 years ago and, therefore, asked the Court to have an exceptional look at these standards.

"The Government has made efforts to keep in mind the international standard and the need to resolve this conflict always thinking about the rights of the victims: truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition," he said.

The Minister concluded that the benefits of Law 1820 are conditioned to the satisfaction of victims' rights, such as the right to integral reparation and the participation of victims in the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, between others.

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