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Human rights must be at core of Colombian Peace Process - Brady

12 April, 2018 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said that human rights protections and democratisation for the people of Colombia must be essential components of the nation’s peace process in the time ahead.

The Sinn Féin MP was speaking following his participation in a week-long international peace monitoring delegation in Colombia, consisting of political representatives and trade union officials from across Europe.

The Newry Armagh MP said:

“On this international delegation I was happy to recommit Sinn Féin’s longstanding support for the development of the Colombian Peace Process.

“Throughout this delegation, we engaged with the primary stakeholders charged with overseeing and implementing the peace process, including the Vice President of Colombia, UN Head of Mission in Bogota, and the Cuban and Norwegian ambassadors. 

“During our visit we also met with ex-FARC combatants. We observed a strong commitment to the peace process, progressed through grassroots initiatives to embed a democratic peace.

“The delegation, however, expressed significant concern with the ongoing assassination of human rights activists and civic leaders in areas recovering from conflict. 121 activists were murdered last year, and having met with their bereaved families, I share this concern.

“The success of this Peace Process will be assisted by international support. The Colombian government must also commit to strengthening and upholding human rights, democratisation, and implementing outstanding terms of the peace agreement.

‘Sinn Féin intend to continue our support and assistance to the Colombian Peace Process. We have taken this opportunity to listen to all views expressed and ensure the international community, in particular the UN, are informed of the continuing serious issues facing the people of Colombia’.

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