MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
New York (Feb. 13/20). In New York, the open debate of the United Nations Security Council on transitional justice and its role in peacebuilding, convened by Belgium in its capacity as Chairman of the Council for the month of February, took place.
The debate was attended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet; Yasmin Sooka, executive director of the Human Rights Foundation of South Africa; Father Francisco de Roux, president of the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition of Colombia; as well as 60 member countries of the United Nations.
The 15 members of the Council reiterated the importance of implementing transitional justice mechanisms under the principle of national appropriation of each country.
For its part, Colombia highlighted the importance of this open debate, since it constitutes an opportunity to share the good practices that have left the implementation of transitional justice mechanisms in the world to face serious violations either in contexts of transitions of conflict to peace or dictatorship to democracy.
He also presented the lessons learned in Colombia in the area of transitional justice, underlining the commitment of the national Government to the fulfillment and progress of the implementation of the Final Agreement. The government of President Iván Duque “respects and supports the task that the transitional justice institutions carry out”, highlighting the need for these mechanisms to respond to each particular context and be implemented in an articulated manner with the ultimate objective of satisfying the rights of victims
The delegation of Colombia illustrated how the comprehensive system combines judicial mechanisms that allow the investigation and punishment of serious human rights violations and serious violations of IHL; and extrajudicial ones that contribute to the clarification of the truth, the search for the disappeared beings and the reparation.
The Colombian government pointed out that it is convinced that the participation of women in peacebuilding is a priority and that the results of these mechanisms, within the framework of a peace policy with legality that is found throughout our plan of development, “will lead us, by strengthening access to justice on equal terms, to sustainable peace.”
At the end of the debate, the Security Council and delegations agreed on the need for transitional justice to fight impunity and reconcile societies after human rights violations.
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