UN: Violence in rural areas illustrates challenges of peace in Colombia

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The representative of the UN Kate Gilmore recalled the importance of respecting the rights of the victims. | Photo: Reuters

The Deputy High Commissioner for the human rights of the UN, Kate Gilmore, said on Wednesday that the increase in violence in rural areas of Colombia reflects the difficulties facing the peace process in that country.
“The recent increase of violence that we have seen in rural areas illustrates strongly the danger they represent armed groups involved in organised crime and other illegal activities”, he said.
“This must be resolved, as it must also be corruption and inequality in the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights”, stressed the high official at a meeting of the Human Rights Council.
Introducing a first analysis of the implementation of the peace agreement, signed between the Government of Bogota and the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia – people’s Army (FARC-EP), Gilmore recalled the vital importance which has to respect the rights of the victims of the armed conflict.

Among those rights mentioned reparations and accountability to justice for human rights violations.  
On 21 March the representative of the High Commissioner of the United Nations for human rights, Todd Howland, addressed the Congress of Colombia to express their fear over the fragility of the peace agreement reached between the Government and the FARC-EP.
“I am today here to tell you my fear. My fear for their country. I have a very large fear that the hope of the peace agreement with the FARC will not produce the non-recurrence of violations of human rights, for the people who live and have lived for decades affected by the conflict, because the reality of the people who live in the areas of influence of the FARC, is already changing “, and not for the better”, said Howland.
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