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  • FARC leader Jesus Santrich during a press conference during the peace negotiations with the Colombian government

    FARC leader Jesus Santrich during a press conference during the peace negotiations with the Colombian government | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 June 2017

Colombian government has announced 2,400 amnesties, but it's not clear to whom they apply.

As the delivery of thousands of weapons was completed, imprisoned members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia started a hunger strike to demand the implementation of their amnesty as established in the peace agreement.

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The Colombian government says it will free 2,400 FARC members, without clarifying whether they were referring to current members in transition zones or jailed former fighters.

According to the FARC, 110 political prisoners have joined in the hunger strike, and they say it will continue until the government complies with the implementation agreement.

Jesus Santrich, one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said on Monday that he joined the strike to protest what he called the state's failure to release prisoners within the framework of the peace agreement.

It's been six months since the Colombian Congress signed the Amnesty and Pardons Act, and only 832 of the 3,400 FARC prisoners have been included.

"The lack of political will in the implementation of what was agreed in Havana has been the constant of the national government and the branches of power," Santrich said in a video posted on his Twitter account.

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Santrich said the hunger strike will continue "until the state fulfills the commitment to release the prisoners and members of the FARC."

He said the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace of the United Nations has been slow in delivering the final certifications to members of the FARC, which in turn delays the amnesty process.

"Of the 3,400 people recognized by the FARC, 2,577 are still not released, which shows the non-compliance by the Colombian state, while the group finished the delivery of arms in compliance with the agreement," said Santrich.


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