JEP hearings begin on new cases in Colombia | News


A hearing of observations of the Space Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), begins this Monday in Medellín, Colombia, as part of a process to collect information on new major cases related to serious human rights violations committed during the armed conflict.


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According to the magistrate of the JEP, Roberto Carlos Vidal López, the fundamental objective of the hearing is to share experiences on the new cases, which the transitional justice of peace in Colombia will address.

In six Colombian cities and with more than 800 organizations, the dialogue process proposed by the JEP will be carried out, to then proceed to the opening of three new large cases.

In this sense, he argued that: “Through the opening of these new macro-cases, the JEP today insists before the country on its indeclinable decision to continue investigating, revealing the truth and administering justice regarding human rights violations and serious violations of the right committed international humanitarian law” in the context of the conflict.

In turn, members of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), of the public force, civilian third parties and State agents, will be subjected to a rigorous investigation process.

The three cases are named as follows: National concentration of crimes committed by the extinct FARC-EP; Crimes committed by members of the security forces, other State agents or in association with paramilitary groups and civilian third parties; and Concentration of crimes committed against Ethnic Peoples and Territories.

These focus on examining the crimes of sexual violence based on gender, homicides, massacres, forced displacement, forced disappearance, indiscriminate use of weapons, among other charges carried out by the different actors in the conflict.

The JEP emerged in Colombia after the 2016 peace agreements signed by the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP).

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