This workshop was a collaborative initiative between Dejusticia, the Human Rights Lab, and the Executive Secretary of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).
The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is one of the elements of the comprehensive system of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition created in the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerilla.
The JEP will be in charge of judging the war crimes during the armed conflict involving civilians, military personnel and former guerrilla members.
During the workshop, participants reflected and developed responses to the questions and challenges that the JEP faces regarding cases of civilians who were involved in the armed conflict.
POINTS OF DISCUSSION
The starting point of the workshop was the current article within the consitutional amendment that deals with the role of civilians in the armed conflict.
Other starting questions revolved around the criteria for defining active participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity, the different methodologies for evidence collection, and the JEP's admission of voluntary requests.
The workshop helped identify the numerous challenges in the interpretation and implementation of the law, develop solutions for current questions, and anticipate possible obstacles.
The activities and inputs produced during the session will inform future proposals for the creation of future legislation on the matter.