Colombia: Former FARC commanders appear before historic tribunal

Former FARC commanders appeared before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal in Bogota on Friday, which will try to shed light on alleged crimes committed by the organisation across a half-century-old civil war. The tribunal was established following a peace deal negotiated between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government in Havana in 2016, when... Еще FARC laid down their arms and turned their attention to farming, repair-work and intellectual pursuits, in a move towards reintegrating into society. «This is a unique tribunal, a unique experience created by the insurgents themselves, in which the insurgents themselves contributed to the creation to submit to that tribunal,» claimed former FARC leader Rodrigo Londono, also known as Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko). The tribunal, which is scheduled to last at least 15 years, aims to study such alleged FARC crimes such as kidnapping, murders and sexual abuse. The peace deal ended a decades-long civil war which led to the deaths of an estimated 220,000 people, the majority of them civilians. Thousands were also victims of kidnappings and millions were displaced during the internal conflict.

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