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The colombian population voted ­­no to the peace agreement between the government and the FARC-EP guerilla organisation: according to “Lawyers without borders Canada” It is a step backwards, but does not mean an end to the peace process

  • The colombian population voted ­­no to the peace agreement between the government and the FARC-EP guerilla organisation: according to “Lawyers without borders Canada” It is a step backwards, but does not mean an end to the peace process
    5 October 2016

    THE COLOMBIAN POPULATION VOTED "NO" TO THE PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FARC-EP GUERRILLA ORGANISATION: ACCORDING TO“LAWYERS WITHOUT BORDERS CANADA”IT IS A STEP BACKWARDS, BUT DOES NOT MEAN AN END TO THE PEACE PROCESS.

    Bogotá, October 4, 2016 - Lawyers without Borders Canada (LWBC) is disappointed at the decision taken by the Colombian population during last Sunday’s referendum that rejected the peace agreement signed on September 26th of 2016 between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary armed forces of Colombia – Army of the people (FARC-EP).

    The victory of the "no" side, with only 50,22% of the vote, means that the peace agreement that had been negotiated since 2012 between the government and the FARC-EP will not be implemented.

    "The vote does not necessarily mean that the Colombian people have said 'no' to peace," said lawyer Pascal Paradis, executive director of LWBC. "The margin in favor of the "no" is infinitesimal, with a high abstention rate that reached 62%. There was little time to explain the positive aspects of the deal, not only for the victims and those most vulnerable, but for all the Colombians. Particularly for everything that concerned the transitional justice mechanisms, which are at the heart of the agreement, we observed not only a lack of information but also much misinformation" added Pascal Paradis.

    In the reports Peace with Transitional Justice (2014) and Observations about the peace agreement concerning Victims (2016), LWBC analyzed the legal framework in which the peace process has been developed, particularly concerning its compliance with international obligations and the respect of the rights of the conflict’s victims. "LWBC continues to believe that the legal framework of the agreement may be a basis for peace. Hoping that the decision of the Colombian people is only a step backward, that will allow for the search of solutions to the deal’s shortcomings, and thus lead to the path towards the final disposal of weapons, support for the conflict’s victims and the end of conflict’, mentioned the executive director of LWBC.

    In this light, LWBC welcomes the decision of the parties to maintain the cease-fire and to continue negotiations, in order to reach a peaceful and political solution to the conflict.


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    For more information in Canada: Jeanne Pariseau
    Communication and Event Coordinator
    (418) 907-2607 extension 110
    (581) 991-9907


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