Peace Reform In Colombia

The war between the Colombian government and the Marxist inspired guerrilla groups has impacted and defined the lives of the Colombian people for over five decades. After years of negotiations, the Colombian government has reached an agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia or otherwise known as FARC. In the agreement, the FARC promises to disarm and join the political system, in return for forgiveness and amnesty for human right abusers. In October, the citizens of Colombia had an opportunity to embrace the potential of their nation and revitalize their country. Despite the fact that the peace reform offered possibilities for economical and political changes, the Colombian voters rejected this reform. Speculations that the …show more content…
The United States has aided in the funding and training of the Colombian army, which has been used to fight the rebel forces, leading to the death of many FARC leaders. In October 2016, the initial peace accord was created and repudiated by referendum. The peace accord attempted to establish structural reforms allowing for a more equitable society. The accord included comprehensive agrarian reform, which would restrict the gap between urban centers and the impoverished, neglected countryside. Additionally, “the FARC had vowed to halt its involvement in the drug trade” which has been an unceasing conflict in Colombian history ("Colombia’s Remarkable Peace …show more content…
According to the Journal of Peace and Research, there is a large debate as to whether or not human rights trials undermine new democracies in Latin America. They argue that the desire and tug between truth and justice should be separated which is evident in the newly signed peace accord. In the case of the approved peace accord, truth conquered justice-- truth, in the sense that Colombia needs a peace reform to move forward, more so than justice for all of the crimes committed. One of the aspects of transitional justice must give way in order to acquire a possible and desirable reconciliation. Scholars argue that the quest for justice foregoes the healing of a conflict resulting in steps backwards rather than forward. This ideology has evidently been applied to the Colombian peace accord. I believe that prioritizing peace over harsh justice was a necessary component of bringing together two enemies for the sake of Columbia 's greater well being. I pray for the families that seek justice, that they can find solace and comfort in the efforts of achieving peace and the end of the gruesome war. I emphasize with those who have been treated unjustly and hope that the peace accord will provide them with a safer future. Change is a complicated entity; perfected through trial and errors. I have faith that the peace accord and the end of the FARC marks a new beginning for one of the most

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