Head of UN observation mission criticises Colombian government's failings towards FARC members

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 24 November 2017

The head of the United Nations observation mission in Colombia, Jean Arnault, has criticised the Colombian government for failing to uphold its obligations to the peace agreement. This situation has seen around half of FARC members leave the special transition camps where they have been based during the FARC demobilisation process.

Arnault said that the government had failed to provide resources for former FARC combatants reintegration into civil society and that they were 'still being detained by the National Police, having difficulty accessing the banking system or signing contracts with the State'. He also said that the state has failed to provide medical care for former guerrillas.

FARC members based in the 26 transition camps around Colombia have suffered from the Colombian government's failure to provide basic facilities and domestic goods such as food, toiletries and cleaning products.

Nor has the government provided the security guarantees stipulated in the peace agreement. Around 30 FARC members have been murdered by paramilitaries since the agreement was signed in November 2016.

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