Colombia Truth Commission presents final report on civil conflict

by | Jun 29, 2022 | World

Colombia’s Truth Commission has presented its final report into the country’s long-running civil conflict, announcing that at least 450,664 people were killed over the course of nearly six decades of fighting.The long-awaited report from the Truth Commission on Tuesday said the impact of the conflict between the Colombian military and rebel groups has been “massive and intolerable”. It also called for substantial reforms in Colombia’s approach to drug policy, which it said helped prolong the civil war, and urged redress for the victims of the conflict.
The commission was set up as part of a 2016 peace deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and was tasked with documenting abuses and explaining what caused the conflict to persist for so long.
It said that the war, which started with a Marxist peasant insurgency in 1964, extended across the country over the course of nearly six decades and deteriorated in the 1990s due to drug trafficking and the rise of paramilitary factions that often worked in collusion with the military and politicians.
Based on interviews with more than 14,000 victims of the conflict, as well as military leaders and former fighters, the report gave an updated toll of the violence. In addition to the ki …

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