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Colombian Congress Approves Limited Amnesty for FARC Rebels

HeadlineDec 29, 2016

In Colombia, lawmakers have approved a law granting amnesty to some members of the FARC guerrilla group. This is Fernando Cristo, Colombia’s interior minister.

Fernando Cristo: “It means that the path is clear to guarantee the demobilization and disarmament of FARC members in the first quarter of next year. It is no more and no less than the end of a 52-year conflict with the FARC. The FARC’s abandonment of arms is now in the hands of the United Nations so that the entire process of implementing the accords can begin.”

The law will not protect FARC members who committed war crimes or human rights violations. It follows a historic peace accord that formally ended a civil war that left a quarter-million Colombians dead.

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