In February 2020, the fourth JFC Peace Monitor delegation visited the community of San José de León in Urabá, northeast Colombia. The community was established by former guerrillas in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who are reincorporating to civilian life following the signing of the 2016 peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC.
The delegation was formed of British parliamentarians from the Labour Party and Scottish Labour Party, a Spanish senator and trade unionists from Britain, Ireland, Italy and Denmark. They were in Colombia to monitor implementation of the peace agreement and the broader situation around human rights in the country.
The community at San José de León is built around sustainable fish farming and other productive projects designed to provide economic livelihoods for former guerrillas. However, despite the FARC’s commitment to the peace agreement, they continue to face high levels of violence, with 197 FARC former guerrillas murdered between November 2016, when the peace agreement was signed, and May 2020.
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