Colombia approves transitional justice system

The Colombian Senate on March 13 approved a transitional justice structure that will attempt to bring reparations to the more than 8 million victims of the decades-long conflict between the Colombia government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The new system will include a Transitional Justice Tribunal, a Truth Commission and a Missing Persons section, all aimed at punishing war crimes and gaining reparations for victims. The vote was 60-2 in the Senate, with all 40 members of the Democratic Center party boycotting the vote. The bill must now be approved by Colombia's Constitutional Court before it can take effect.

From Jurist, March 14. Used with permission.

Note: The transitional justice system, formally the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), was mandated by the Amnesty Law passed late last year, covering combatants not accused of  "grave" war crimes. Civil society groups across Colombia are preparing testimony for the Truth Commission.