Colombian Congress Fails to Pass Important Peace Legislation


An important piece of legislation, considered a cornerstone of the Colombian peace process, has failed to pass Congress.
The bill needed 51 votes out of 102 in order to pass, but received only 50. Congress members from war-torn areas of the country as well as those from conservative parties rejected the bill.

The legislation would have regulated transitional justice within the monumental peace deal with former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, militants. The bill included temporary tribunals to try and sentence participants in the armed conflict.

The bill was approved on Monday by the House of Representatives but was not approved by the Senate.
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