Kidnappings in Colombia: the reckoning

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Kidnapping has been the most infamous practice of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The images of prisoners in cages, chained in the middle of the jungle, have captured the attention of the world’s media. These crimes will soon be the first to be tried before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. A trial that defines the Colombian “transitional deal”, between reparations and punishment.

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Transitional Justice: The great Colombian challenge

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No country in the world has conceived and decided to implement such comprehensive and multifaceted justice process as Colombia. This transitional justice was born out of the historic peace agreements, at the end of 2016, between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Trials, truth-seeking, reparations, land and other reforms, the rights of indigenous peoples, the search for the disappeared, the reintegration of ex-combatants, reconciliation initiatives, remembrance work, and so on: in a polarized political context, Justice Info reports and analyzes how the country is implementing an extremely ambitious project, each component of which is linked to the others. An experiment that will inevitably be scrutinized and studied all over the world. CHECK OUT THE SPECIAL FOCUS

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