Colombia needs drug policy changes to end internal violence, truth commission says | CBC News


Colombian leaders should acknowledge how drug trafficking has penetrated the nation’s tradition, economic system and politics and the way the worldwide conflict on medicine is driving its inside armed battle, Colombia’s reality fee mentioned on Tuesday in a long-awaited report.

The fee, established as a part of a 2016 peace deal between the federal government and the now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, urged the nation to reassess the function of medicine in its nearly 60-year inside battle.

Among the many fee’s suggestions are calls to implement substantial adjustments in drug coverage with a give attention to regulation, and to guide a worldwide dialog addressing coverage adjustments.

Different suggestions included advancing peace talks with the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN), tackling corruption and guaranteeing high quality of life and dignity for all communities.

President-elect Gustavo Petro attended the presentation and pledged to hold out the suggestions.

“These suggestions will turn into profitable within the historical past of Colombia,” mentioned Petro, a former member of the M-19 rebels, including cycles of vengeance should finish.

Some preventing continues 

From 1985 to 2018, 450,664 individuals have been killed within the battle, in response to the reality fee, whereas 55,770 have been kidnapped between 1990 and 2018.

Greater than 7.7 million individuals have been displaced from 1985 to 2019 and 121,768 have been disappeared between 1985 and 2016, in response to the fee.

Regardless of the peace deal, which ended FARC’s function within the battle, preventing continues in some components of Colombia between leftist rebels from the ELN and FARC fighters who reject the accord, in addition to crime gangs and the navy.

The fee was given three years to analyze the reality of what occurred through the armed battle and supply a broad clarification of how atrocities occurred.

The greater than 1,000-page report included hours of testimony at personal and public hearings, the place perpetrators and victims alike spoke in typically emotional recountings.

A drug-sniffing canine checks barrels that authorities say include cocaine dissolved in chemical fertilizers and honey, in Cartagena, Colombia, on Feb. 4. (Luis Jaime Acosta/Reuters)

Drug trafficking and the conflict on medicine contributed to the degradation and extension of the battle into one among whole conflict, the report mentioned.

Colombia, a serious cocaine exporter, joined the conflict on medicine within the Eighties underneath strain from the US and continues to face fixed U.S. strain to eradicate coca, cocaine’s chief ingredient, and deal with trafficking, the report mentioned.

Present President Ivan Duque, whose time period formally ends in August, didn’t attend.

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