Duque Returns Colombia’s War Crimes Tribunal Bill to Congress


Colombian President Ivan Duque has returned a bill that defines the powers of his country’s war crimes tribunal to congress. Duque only objects to 6 of the 150 articles of the statutory law, but his call to revise the 2017 constitutional amendment that created the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) puts its entire future at risk. The controversy over the JEP is the biggest blow to the country’s peace process since Duque took office.

The JEP responded immediately, stating that it will continue its investigations into war crimes committed during the conflict between Marxist FARC guerrillas and the state. Congress and the Constitutional Court had already approved the transitional justice system, so Duque is likely to face a major backlash from both the legislative and judicial branch.

According to the United Nations, the ongoing judicial insecurity is bogging down the effective reintegration of demobilized guerrillas. While the International Criminal Court has hinted that it could proceed to investigate alleged war criminals if Duque decides to further frustrate the war crimes tribunal.

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