No glyphosate and advance regulation: recommendations on drug trafficking in the final report

The chapter Findings and recommendations was delivered this Tuesday, June 28 by the Truth Commission, a report that makes an in-depth review of what were the nearly 60 years in which Colombia was submerged in the armed conflict.

This first part of the final report that was published covers not only the testimonies of victims and perpetrators, but also presents key recommendations for the non-repetition of the war in the country. One of them, addressed to Condition Yet the societycovers the routes that could be taken into account to face the impacts of drug trafficking.

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The proposals outlined in the document on this subject are not very far from proposals from different sectors that have resonated in recent years: end prohibitionism and start a path towards regulation.

According to the CEV, “it is necessary to advance towards definitively overcoming prohibitionism, for which the Final Peace Agreement established the commitment to promote spaces for regional dialogue and a major international conference to make an objective evaluation of the fight against drugs and advance in the construction of consensus around the adjustments that need to be undertaken”.

In addition to proposing this long-term route, the Commission also recommends that the State start with an international debate that is led by the country to advance on this path. This, taking into account that Colombia has been one of the countries that has most experienced the impacts of dealing with drugs and the war has been one of the most serious consequences that this has left.

On the other hand, internal actors must not be left out, which is why the Commission insists on carrying out this debate also with local organizations and communities to implement measures that go in line with point four of the Peace Agreement, that it considers that there should be a “general approach to human rights and public health, differentiated and gendered”, a point that has still not been implemented after the signing in Havana.

The document also proposes among the short-term solutions, the penal measures and state that these must be proportional to the crimes, also considering that the penal exercise must concentrate on the actors that lead the chains. “It is necessary to apply alternative measures to the deprivation of liberty, and promote release and other measures for the social and productive inclusion and psychosocial care of persons deprived of liberty for minor crimes,” says the Commission in this regard.

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