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”

La résistance antifranquiste en Espagne : entre histoire et mémoire

Constantino Suarez

A l’inverse de la Résistance française, mythifiée dès la victoire des alliés et instrumentalisée à des fins de cohésion nationale, la résistance antifranquiste, active jusque dans les années 50, est longtemps restée méconnue en Espagne, frappée du sceau du silence. Entre la propagande officielle qui la niait ou la réduisait au banditisme, les légendes populaires dessinant des figures mythiques, en passant par l’héroïsation de certains combattants par les mouvements dont ils étaient issus, l’histoire de cette guerre, qui se poursuit bien après 1939 dans certaines zones enclavées du pays, est difficile à écrire.

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Mercedes Yusta Rodrigo est historienne, Professeure à l’université Paris 8 et membre de l’IUF.

Pascale Thibaudeau est Professeure à l’université Paris 8, en délégation à l’IHTP, spécialiste du cinema espagnol.

“Godfather” of Colombian Army Intelligence Acquitted in Palace of Justice Case

Gen. Iván Ramírez Led Unit that “Tortured and Killed” Palace of Justice Detainees in 1985. “Infamous” Commander “was “Passing Military Intelligence to the Paramilitaries,” according to U.S. Ambassador

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 368       Posted – December 16, 2011

A Colombian army general acquitted today in one of the country’s most infamous human rights cases “actively” collaborated with paramilitary death squads responsible for dozens of massacres, according to formerly secret U.S. records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive.
Once the third-highest-ranking officer in the Colombian military and later a top adviser to President Álvaro Uribe’s Department of Administrative Security (DAS), Iván Ramírez Quintero was acquitted today in the torture and disappearance of Irma Franco, one of several people detained by the army during the November 1985 Palace of Justice disaster (…)

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