Colombian Senate Approves Special Jurisdiction for Peace


Colombia’s Senate approved Thursday the bill regulating the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, or JEP, a post-conflict transitional justice system that is considered the backbone of the peace agreement.

With a majority of 52 votes in favor, the senators gave the green light for a mechanism that will set the tone for prosecution cases for the multitude of human rights crimes committed during the country’s decades-long civil war.

Now the bill awaits the approval of the Constitutional Court.

“With the JEP, the victims win,” commented Interior Minister Guillermo Rivera after the vote. “The decision you made is paving the way for the recognition of victims' rights.”

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