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10 - The Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition

Precedents and Prospects

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2019

James Meernik
University of North Texas
Jacqueline H. R. DeMeritt
University of North Texas
Mauricio Uribe-López
EAFIT University (Medelin, Coloumbia)
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The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced an agreement on the fifth point of their negotiation agenda, namely attention to victims, in September 2015. The agreement on transitional justice mechanisms to uphold victims’ rights to justice, truth, and reparations marked the conclusion of the most contentious phase of the three-year-long peace talks. Yet the twists and turns of the peace process did not come to an end with the transitional justice agreement: another year of negotiations to finalize the deal, the signing of a first Final Agreement on September 26, 2016, its narrow defeat in a referendum on October 2, 2016, the renegotiation of the earlier deal to arrive at a second Final Agreement in late November 2016, its ratification by Congress a week later, and legislative efforts throughout 2017 to incorporate the components of the Final Agreement into the legal system as FARC members were demobilizing prolonged the drama around the peace process. President Juan Manuel Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts, even as he had to fight an uphill battle to legislate his peace agenda at home.

As War Ends
What Colombia Can Tell Us About the Sustainability of Peace and Transitional Justice
, pp. 230 - 248
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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