The weirdness of being a Filipino living in Colombia today is that while I ache for the triumphs we could not yet celebrate back home, I feel like I see with greater clarity what Colombians may lose if they let uncertainty muddle their vote on the 2nd of October.
One of the issues that has generated most debate in international legal circles is whether the justice and accountability component of the Colombian peace accord contradicts the State’s duties in terms of international criminal law.
It is important to insist that although prosecutions against high level officials are by definition “political” and are carried out against politicians, they must guarantee the due process.
While traveling to Brazil, I felt why the Olympics are splendid. However, I confirmed how humanity has not been able to generate any advances in the protection of human rights during the construction of this mega-events.
A peace context should demand new men. Men for whom sexual violence is unthinkable and for whom their validation as subjects does not depend on imposing violence on others. Ultimately, peace requires new masculinities.
We should not throw away an efficient revenue mechanism as important as the VAT, but we should look for ways to make it compatible with the human rights discourse and try to find solutions to its implementation problems.
It is programs in which adolescents are treated as subjects of rights that welcome solutions to the rise of youth violence, not the heavy-handed response of criminal responsibility.