Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) Approved by Colombia Senate After Wrenching Debate (S)
The Senate approved in the final debate the constitutional reform that establishes the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), a body that will judge the serious crimes committed during the Colombian armed conflict, and that seeks to punish members of the FARC, the Army, and civilians involved in crimes in the almost 52 years of internal war. At midnight, when the Senate Secretary read the final result, the members of the government were able to take a breather, as the approval that was supposed to get approval with the speed on the blink of an eye, as suggested by the so called ‘fast track’ procedure, ended becoming a real pain.
It took three plenary sessions, nearly 30 hours of discussions, and the presence of a half of the Ministers from the Cabinet at the Capitol for the Senate to give green light to the reform that has been considered the backbone of the peace agreement with FARC. The final debate began last Tuesday, and facing almost 30 motions, which would have put the vote at risk, the JEP entered a limbo where it stayed until Monday. Semana