The European and international human rights organisations, development agencies, solidarity groups and church organisations wich subscribe to the recommendations in this document, seek to contribute to the building and strengthening of democracy, the rule of law and peace with social justice in Colombia.
We are aware of the role that the European Union has played and is called on to play in overcoming the Colombian crisis, characterised by serious human rights violations and by breaches – also serious – of International Humanitarian Law. In relation to this, we would like to emphasise that the EU Council Conclusions on Colombia have repeatedly stressed the importance of recognising the existance of an internal armed conflict in Colombia requiring a negotiated solution, the need to respect the human rights of the victims and to safeguard the work of human rights defenders.
The European Union was right to support the establishment of the Office in Colombia of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 1996. The Colombian state must fulfil its recommendations and those arising from the recent review of Colombia’s situation by the Human Rights Council.
We not only wish to draw your attention to the reports on human rights produced by the United Nation, the ILO and OAS, but also those by Colombian and international human rights organisations demonstrating that it is the civil population which is the principal victim of the internal armed conflict (…)