The work was presented in the auditorium of the Cultural Center of Memory “Haroldo Conti” by two of the members of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition, Carlos Martín Beristain and Saúl Franco.
Among the authorities present were the Secretary of Human Rights, and the executive director of Memoria Abierta, Verónica Torrás.
As reported in a statement, in a auditorium packed with about 300 people belonging to human rights organizations and Colombian exiles, Pietragalla Corti highlighted “the great work carried out by the Commission in In order to know the truth of what happened during the internal armed conflict and contribute to clarifying the human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law international”.
In this sense, he expressed the hope that “in this new hopeful stage that is opening in Colombia, the policy of memory goes hand in hand with changes in the economic and social model that allow the social causes of the conflict to go away little by little. solving”.
For his part, Commissioner Saúl Franco maintained that “in this report is the truth of the victims of the war” where there was “a war of at least 60 years, with devastating consequences” and added that “the reason for this war was one of the underlying questions of this investigation.”
In this sense, Franco stressed that it is imperative “to work for great peace” with the “commitment of all citizens and governments.”
Meanwhile, Carlos Beristain – a commissioner who worked on the Exile axis of the Commission – defined the report as “a lever for change in the next twenty years in Colombia” and explained that “If there is a factor that persists in the conflict, it is denial. Many times defensive memories have been created that justify violence.”
During the meeting, the main findings were presented obtained throughout his research towards the clarification of what happenedand the proposed recommendations for Non-Repetition, as a legacy for the whole society and for the new generations.
The exhibitors valued the Argentine human rights policy as a reference and in particular the task of the Secretariat of Human Rights as the venue for the presentation of the report, as well as the work carried out by this body together with the victims network That allowed train those who carried out the reception of the testimonies.
The report “There is a future if there is truth” It is made up of ten volumes that address the different dimensions of what the armed conflict represented and its consequences.
Results of “There is a future if there is truth”
The Commission established that at least 450,666 people lost their lives; 121,768 were victims of forced disappearance; 50,770 were kidnapped; 16,238 children and adolescents were recruited; and 32,446 people were victims of acts against freedom and sexual integrity; among other human rights violations. It also includes a chapter on exile.
The publication marks the end of the task carried out by the Commission, created within the framework of the Peace Agreement with the FARC-EP guerrillas of November 24, 2016, with the mandate to advance in “the clarification of the patterns and causes explanations of the internal armed conflict that satisfies the right of the victims and of society to the truth”.
The Report highlights the international solidarity with the work of the Commission, in particular the support of the United Nations System and all its agencies, the Secretary General, the Security Council, the Verification Mission and the Multidonor Fund; and the clear support of Pope Francis, among hundreds of countries in the region and the world.