[News] Colombia: FARC Party Denounces 128 Killings of Ex-militants

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  Colombia: FARC Party Denounces 128 Killings of Ex-militants

Published 16 April 2019

Colombian Senator Victoria Sandino is demanding the government give 
urgent attention to the murders of ex-combatants of the 
demobilized Marxist guerrilla group, Revolutionary Armed Forces of 
Colombia (FARC) "who have reached their limit," after the Monday murder 
of a seven-month-old boy and son of a former militant.

"To the father and mother of the child our message is of solidarity. But 
to the government, to the public prosecutors office, to the 
Colombian state, we demand that the facts are clarified first, that 
justice be done, but above all that they guarantee the lives of our 
comrades of the leaders and children," said Sandino, leader within the 
People's Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) political party.

"You cannot continue killing the hope of peace that was bet on by 
Colombians who want to turn the page of war," said the Congress member.

The FARC representative urged President Ivan Duque 
<https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombian-President-Seeks-To-Weaken-Peace-Accord-Court--20190311-0002.html>'s government 
to act immediately to end the killings of ex-combatants.

Since the signing of the Final Peace Accord in 2016, at least 128 
members of the FARC have been killed in Colombia, says the director of 
the state institution Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization 
<http://www.reincorporacion.gov.co/en/agency>, Andres Stapper.

"We have a report of 128 cases of ex-combatants that have been 
victimized and that at this moment are being confirmed by 
... authorities," the official said, emphasizing that the deaths were 

The peace agreement, supported by the United Nations and crafted with 
the help of several Latin American organizations, led to the disarmament 
of around 7,000 combatants and the emergence of the FARC party.

Colombia's right-wing President ​Duque has been trying to dismantle 
the agreement and its peace institutions since his election campaign 
last year. Just last month the head of state announced his plans to 
amend six articles of the Statutory Law of the Special Jurisdiction for 
Peace (JEP), an integral part of accords meant to bring justice to the 
country’s 50 year internal conflict.

Samuel David Gonzalez Pushaina, the seven-month-old son of a former 
member of the now dissolved FARC Marxist movement was killed during an 
<https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Social-Human-Rights-Groups-March-Against-State-Crime-20190307-0006.html> on 
Monday in northern Colombia.

His father, Carlos Enrique Gonzalez, and mother Sandra Pushaina were 
also injured in the attack that took place in the municipality of Maicao 
in the department of La Guajira, Colombia. The family, who resides in 
Simon Trinidad, had gone to visit a relative in Maicao near the border 
with Venezuela.

Strapper added: "The Government rejects any threat or act that affects 
the life of any ex-combatant who is trying to reintegrate into society."

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