As part of the official visit of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to Colombia, Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan QC, held a meeting this Wednesday with the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado.
“For us it is an honor to have you here at the Office of the Attorney General. Both institutions continue working together in order to fight against human rights violations and of course to share relevant information on different issues that need the presence of the Office of the Attorney General and the International Criminal Court. As always, it is a pleasure to have you here in Colombia, a country that respects Human Rights”, stated Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa.
At the meeting, the Attorney General Francisco Barbosa presented a balance of the actions carried out by the institution on issues such as killings known as ‘falsos positivos’ (false positives), paramilitarism, forced displacement, sexual violence and gender-based violence, and third parties supporting groups outside the law.
These issues that were addressed are part of the preliminary examination that is underway under said Court.
The Prosecutor Khan recognized the work of Attorney General Barbosa and his team since he took office in the field of investigation of crimes within his competence. He stated that: “Real progress is being made in the quest for accountability for ordinary crimes”
He also showed interest in the coordination between the Attorney General’s Office and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and in the respect that is shown by the Colombian Prosecutor´s Office and the Attorney General Barbosa for the peace process signed between the Colombian government and the FARC.
The Attorney General explained the coordinated work that is being carried out with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), as a priority to achieve exemplary sanctions against those responsible for war crimes and against humanity.
The Attorney General reiterated his commitment to continue the harmonious work between ordinary justice and transitional justice and to be one of the bastions in the defense of the victims’ human rights in Colombia.