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Wed Apr 29, 2020, 03:57 PM

'Coronavirus used as excuse to roll back Colombia's peace process and democracy'

‘Coronavirus used as excuse to roll back Colombia’s peace process and democracy’
by Adriaan Alsema April 29, 2020

President Ivan Duque and his far-right party are using the coronavirus to cover up “assaults” on Colombia’s peace process while promoting authoritarianism, the country’s peace movement told the United Nations on Tuesday.

In an open letter to UN Mission chief Carlos Ruiz, “Defendamos la Paz,” the country’s most powerful peace organization, accused the Duque administration of using the pandemic to cover up violations of the 2016 peace deal with now-demobilized FARC rebels.

The organization additionally accused the president’s far-right Democratic Center (CD) party and its leader, former President Alvaro Uribe, of using the crisis to promote the reduction of powers of Congress.

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According to Defendamos la Paz, Duque’s so-called “stabilization adviser” said he would seek to, among other things, remove the FARC’s lawmakers from congress, reduce judicial benefits for those cooperating with the transitional justice system.


Getting very ugly, completely questionable, oddly familiar.

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