Colombia peace: tackling rampant inequality crucial to lasting deal

26 September 2016 - 12:00pm
Press release

Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will today sign a peace accord to end decades of brutal conflict in Colombia. Seb Munoz, War on Want's Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America), said:

"The signing of the peace deal  is an historic moment. In a world ravaged by conflict, moments like this strike at the heart of those who have shamefully profited from the brutal civil war. For too long, the interests of global capital and wealthy nations, including the UK, have come before those of ordinary Colombians.

"The central feature of the conflict has always been the rampant inequality, so solving the social, environmental and political problems still present in Colombia rests on the participation of a majority of Colombians, without fear of reprisal. Yet it is worrying that in the wake of the announcement of the end of the conflict, there has been a spike in violence over the last month.

"The government must now go further and ensure that the peace process is part of an urgent push towards a more democratic Colombia. The survivors of violence and human rights abuses, who have long been at the forefront of the struggle for peace and justice, know only too well that the prospect of peace in Colombia does not rest solely on a deal done between the rebel groups and the state. Many more people have a stake.

"The government must now stay true to the commitment it made in March, to hold public negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN)."

 

Notes to editors

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