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Colombia: Opposition parties to demonstrate in support of JEP March 18 /update 1

Opposition parties slated to stage demonstrations across Colombia in support of Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) March 18; heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions expected near protest sites

18 Mar 09:29 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/14/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Bogotá
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Event

Opposition parties in Colombia plan to stage demonstrations in the country's main cities on Monday, March 18, in support of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). The protests are anticipated to start at 18:00 (local time). Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected around protest sites.

Context

The JEP is considered the backbone of the peace agreement signed with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in 2016. Protests erupted after President Iván Duque Márquez announced on March 10 that he would return the statute law of the JEP to Congress, objecting to six articles, because they did not guarantee the application of the principles of truth, justice, reparation, and non-repetition - all part of the agreement with the FARC. The president's rejection of the six articles has led some to fear that the peace agreement is at risk.

Advice

Individuals in Colombia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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