Huber Ballesteros: 'Is the regime planning to break the peace agreement?'

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Colombian trade union leader and political activist Huber Ballesteros has written an article in Prensa Rural calling the Colombian government to task over its failure to implement the peace process and accused the state of being controlled by particular establishment groups.

Huber was jailed in 2013 without conviction in a grave miscarriage of justice that sparked an international campaign by Justice for Colombia and the British and Irish trade union movements. He was released in January 2017 and brought to Britiain in September where he spoke at the TUC national conference and met several politicianms, trade unionists and members of the public.

Below, translated into English, is Huber's article.


Is the regime planning to break the peace agreement?

It is incomprehensible for any citizen of median formation and cultural level that an agreement like the one signed in Havana between the FARC-EP insurgency and the Colombian State today encounters many stumbling blocks in its guidelines and territorial implementation. It is suspicious that, one year after the signing of the peace agreement, there is such "disorganisation and contradiction" between the so-called three public powers.

The following question is bound to arise: In our so-called Rule of Law, is the President the "head of State"? From what we've seen so far, he is not. On the contrary, what has been revealed is a pack of congressmen seeking to extract the greatest bureaucratic and economic benefit from each of the votes required to approve the agreement's rules of implementation; to a pusillanimous Interior Minister, lacking any authority and persuasive ability over party legislators; to high courts enveloped in a cloud of illegitimacy owing to successive corruption scandals which liken them to criminal bands rather than the place for the clearest and most prominent justice and rights of Colombians.

This alarming outlook is in the hands of characters with highly twisted interests. If the president is the head of state, first magistrate, commander of the Armed Forces and supposedly represents national unity, you cannot understand why his signature stamped on the Peace Agreement on 24 November 2016 in the Teatro Colón seems to lack validity.

One could conclude with sufficient reasons that Colombia is far from being a modern state of law, and that the particular interests or groups - real mafias - drive the nation to obey their particular interests.

If the analysis is wrong and the President of the Republic is the head of the State, then we have a preconceived plan by the regime to circumvent what was agreed and maintain the Status Quo: that is, to preserve the undemocratic, exclusive and violent economic and political model.

If the establishment has agreed to deny Colombians the possibility of peace, those of us in the popular movement and the democratic sectors must specify forms of political action that oblige the State to comply with what has been agreed and even go further. Social justice, inclusive economic development and full democracy must remain prime objectives in the social and political struggle.

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