Colombian exiles in Venezuela testify before the JEP | News

A group of victims of the armed conflict and forced displacement in Colombia between 1999-2006, and who were exiled in Venezuelan territory, arrived in their country on Wednesday to offer their testimonies before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

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The displaced presented a report to the JEP that demands truth, justice and reparation, especially knowing who their perpetrators were and for what reason the human rights of the people who lived in the border area in the departments of La Guajira, Norte de Santander, were violated. Santander and Arauca.

Some of those who currently reside in Venezuela specified that if guarantees for a return are offered, they could return to their country, but the current situation is complex.



The leader of the International Forum of Victims, Belén Vergel Mora, expressed the complexity of returning to a place to start from scratch. “Venezuela is a wonderful country. I thank him very much because he opened the doors for me despite the difficulties.”

The Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, Reconciliation and Non-Repetition received the report entitled “Forced displacement beyond the border: contributions of the victims to truth, justice and peace from Venezuela”, which reflects the feelings of at least 38 Colombian families victims of the conflict living in Venezuela.

For his part, the magistrate of the Special Court for Peace in Bogotá, the capital city, Roberto Carlos Vidal, stated that this request allows the State and the judicial authorities to recognize the “very serious violations of human rights in the armed conflict and that as As a result of these violations, there were millions of Colombians who had to leave the country to seek refuge in many parts of the world.”

In turn, the Truth Commissioner in Colombia, Carlos Martin Berestein, described the report as relevant to complete the vision of Colombian exile, especially in Venezuela, and also to “build peace and the relationship between the two countries.”

Another of the demands is that an effective public policy be coordinated to assist victims abroad in a differentiated manner. Among these measures is promoting the participation of Colombians in the political life of the country, because with the rupture of diplomatic relations, millions of Venezuelans were left without the right to vote and without being able to access citizenship cards.