Colombia Government, FARC invite 5 Institutions - Including ICTJ - to Participate in the Selection of Magistrates for their Special Jurisdiction for Peace

8/23/2016

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas on Friday unveiled the independent mechanism they have negotiated for selecting judges for special peace tribunals, a process in which they will seek to enlist the participation of Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The agreement unveiled Friday in Havana, the venue for peace talks dating back to late 2012, mentions the designation of prominent figures and institutions that will be tasked with naming the members of the judge selection committee.

The figures and institutions proposed by President Juan Manuel Santos' administration and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are Pope Francis, Ban, the Criminal Chamber of Colombia's Supreme Court, the International Center for Transitional Justice's Colombian delegation and the Standing Committee of the State University System.

The negotiating teams in Havana announced on Sept. 23, 2015, the creation of a so-called Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a controversial decision that established a Tribunal for Peace and other judicial bodies.

The Tribunal for Peace will be made up of 24 judges - 20 of them Colombian and four from other countries

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