Vivanco said it is an honor for him to be invited to the event, held in the city of Cartagena. However, he said his organization continues to doubt the justice component of the process, as well as the extension of the benefits given to people who committed crimes against humanity that were agreed upon in Havana.
He expressed a desire to revise the justice component of the deal, while adding that he hopes institutions like Colombia’s Constitutional Court will “correct the major flaws of the justice agreement.”
“Human Rights Watch believes that it is of the utmost importance to establish the definition of the principle of responsibility,” he said. “Such principles contained in the agreement should reflect the accepted definition in international law.”
He went on to say that many ambiguities should be corrected, as they contain “effective restrictions to freedom.” He also said it is necessary for those responsible for crimes against humanity to receive an effective punishment that includes deprivation of liberty.
In the letter, Vivanco added that the legislation implementing the agreement should include restricting war criminals from exercising any political or public office, at least while serving sentences established in transitional justice.
Vivanco concluded by saying that there is great concern for the “law of amnesty and pardon” FARC has demanded in order to put down its weapons.
In the coming days, Human Rights Watch is expected to release another statement about further doubts regarding the peace deal.
Source: Human Rights Watch