“There is Future if There is Truth”: Colombia’s Truth Commission Launches Final Report

 

In Fusagasugá, the mural “The Embrace of Truth” memorializes those killed during the conflict. (Source: Colombia Truth Commission)

Declassified U.S. Evidence Fortifies Truth Commission’s Findings and Recommendations

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Edited by Michael Evans

Bogotá, 28 June 2022 – Today, Colombia’s Truth Commission wraps up three-and-a-half years of work with the launch of its report on the causes and consequences of Colombia’s conflict. The publication of the Commission’s findings and recommendations is an important step forward in guaranteeing the rights of victims and of Colombian society to know the truth about what happened, to build a foundation for coexistence among Colombians, and to ensure that such a conflict is never repeated.

The Commission for Clarification of the Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV) was established as a direct result of the 2016 peace accords reached between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest rebel group.

The Commission’s report makes sweeping recommendations about the role of Colombia’s security forces, denouncing the concept of the “internal enemy” and the systematic victimization of Colombia’s political left. The report also condemns decades of punitive counternarcotics programs pushed and backed by the U.S. and that the Commission says aggravated the conflict. The report is especially critical of Plan Colombia, the multibillion-dollar U.S. aid package that radically transformed the U.S. role in the conflict from one nominally limited to counternarcotics activities to one in which U.S. assistance and personnel were involved in a wide array of sensitive counterinsurgency missions. These included the protection of Colombia’s energy sector, the training and equipping of specialized military and police units, and highly sensitive operations to capture and kill leaders of insurgent, paramilitary and narcotrafficking groups.

Records consulted by the Commission illustrate how the Plan Colombia period corresponded with a general escalation in Colombia’s internal conflict, the weakening of the FARC’s position on the battlefield, the demobilization of thousands of paramilitary members, and the extradition of hundreds of alleged narcotraffickers under President Álvaro Uribe. These outcomes coincided with an escalation in human rights violations and abuses of power, including the murder by the Colombian Armed Forces of some 6,400 civilians from 2002-2008, during the height of the so-called “false positives” scandal, and the illegal surveillance of perceived political enemies by the DAS civilian intelligence service (…)

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Colombia Truth Commission Opens Doors

National Security Archive. Colombia Truth Commission Opens Doors, But Faces Significant Barriers to Access. Database of Declassified U.S. Records Provides Essential Evidence on Colombian Conflict.

 

November 29, 2018 – The formal launch today in Colombia of the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition(Truth Commission) is an important step forward in the country’s effort to consolidate peace, guarantee the rights of victims, and move forward after a long and brutal conflict that took hundreds of thousands of lives. To mark the occasion, the National Security Archive is posting 12 documents from a database of over 20,000 declassified records donated to the Truth Commission earlier this year as part of our commitment to supporting the Right to Truth and the rights of the victims of Colombia’s conflict.

Starting today, the 11-member Truth Commission has three years to complete a final report on more than 50 years of political violence and civil war. Among the chief goals of the Commission is to clarify grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and to delineate the collective responsibilities of the Colombian state, insurgent groups like the FARC, right-wing “paramilitary” groups, narcotraffickers, foreign governments, and third parties (“terceros”) such as multinational corporations.Unlike the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), a separate tribunal established to prosecute the conflict’s worst abuses, the Truth Commission’s investigations are extrajudicial in nature. More than just a cataloging of bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and military confrontations, the Commission’s mandate is to investigate the causes and consequences of the conflict, to grapple with its complexity, to shine a light on the less-understood aspects of the violence, and to produce a comprehensive narrative on the conflict with a focus on victims (…) Continuar leyendo “Colombia Truth Commission Opens Doors”

Chili : un musée de la mémoire et ses polémiques

Muro de las victimas - Museo de la Memoria Las polémicas en torno al Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos en Chile
Nous publions ici un texte liminaire de Manuel Gárate Chateau, professeur à l’Université Alberto Hurtado (Santiago), présentant son intervention du 22 novembre à l’Institut d’histoire du temps présent. Cette table ronde se déroulera de 14 h à 17 h en salle 159. Avec la participation d’Alfredo Riquelme, Institut d’histoire de l’Université catholique du Chili. Coordination : Frédérique Langue (IHTP)

Desde 2007, cuando se realizó el anuncio de la construcción del Museo de la Memoria y Santiago de los Derechos Humanos, el debate político en torno a su creación no ha cesado de resurgir encada conmemoración del golpe de estado 1973. Las principales críticas de los opositores al proyecto se refieren en particular a cuatro puntos: (1) la pertinencia de la iniciativa (2) el contexto histórico (3) el período cubierto y (4) el estatus de “víctima”. En general, se trata de un debate político y académico propio de las élites gobernantes, pero que ha tenido un impacto directo en la opinión pública respecto de la interpretación del pasado traumático del país.

La idea de un lugar de memoria para las víctimas de la represión de la dictadura militar ya había sido mencionada en el informe Rettig de la Comisión de la Verdad y la Reconciliación del año 1991. Sin embargo, las características consensuales de la transición democrática chilena, marcada por bloqueo autoritario de la Constitución de 1980 y la presencia del ex dictador como comandante en jefe del ejército hasta 1998, impidió cualquier iniciativa revisión histórica.

Esta memoria de los vencidos permaneció atrapada en el ámbito de la familia y de los militantes de izquierda. Las autoridades democráticas de la época recurrían regularmente a los argumentos de la “pacificación” y la razón de Estado para justificar que este silencio. La mayoría de los historiadores chilenos evitaban el tema bajo el pretexto de la falta de perspectiva respecto de los eventos traumáticos porque estaba bloqueando cualquier discusión académica, no apasionado.

A partir del año 2000 y los acontecimientos del caso Pinochet (punto de inflexión de nuestra historia reciente), los Presidentes de la República, Ricardo Lagos y Michelle Bachelet reconocieron la necesidad de realizar actos y políticas simbólicas de reparación respecto de las violencias del período 1973-1990. Si bien existían algunos lugares conmemorativos (reconocidos y no reconocidos oficialmente), especialmente en sitios donde se habían cometido los peores crímenes del régimen militar, no existía un espacio dedicado a la historia de las víctimas y también de los derrotados de la Unidad Popular. Este último punto ha sido el más controvertido en la polémica sobre el museo (…)

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