Comment By UN High Commissioner For Human Rights Michelle Bachelet On Colombian Truth Commission’s Final Report

Geneva, June 28, 2022

“I want to pay tribute to the Colombian Truth Commission at a historic moment as it presents its final report today. I would also like to pay tribute to the victims, whose courage and perseverance were the basis for the creation of the Commission.

The Truth Commission is one of three institutions that make up the comprehensive Colombian system of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition created under the 2016 peace agreement. Since it began operating in 2018, he has worked, sometimes in difficult circumstances, to bring to light five decades of atrocities and human rights violations committed during the country’s armed conflict. He advocated for the rights of millions of victims – children, women and men who themselves fought tirelessly to be heard, to have their collective and individual stories of suffering and resistance made public, and to that their rights are recognized and restored.

The work of the Truth Commission has highlighted the causes of the conflict and exposed its painful reality.

Without truth, reconciliation is not possible. Without reconciliation, the risk of repetition remains real.

My Office will examine with keen interest the detailed content of the report presented today.

Transitional justice processes are among the most powerful instruments for overcoming conflicts and breaking cycles of violence and impunity. This is why my Office, building on the historic 2016 peace agreement between the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla group, has fully engaged and collaborated with the transitional justice process in Colombia.

The support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in this area will continue, including for the Committee which will oversee the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations.

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