COLOMBIAN Justice Minister Enrique Botero confirmed at the weekend that he will issue a new decree on releasing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) detainees today.
“It will be a decree that overcomes obstacles to materialisation of freedoms and to securing fulfilment … of the final peace agreement,” he declared.
The United Nations had warned Bogota that the prisoners’ continuing detention more than six months after congress approval of the amnesty law could jeopardise last November’s peace deal.
Leading Farc member Jesus Santrich left hospital on Saturday, 24 hours after being admitted in a critical condition following his 18-day hunger strike.
He started the action to demand release of all imprisoned Farc members but succumbed to a hypo-glycaemic condition and was rushed to hospital.
The path to peace in Colombia still faces obstacles since far-right paramilitaries continue to have a strong presence in the country, moving into areas abandoned by Farc and murdering activists.