UK Parliament: Written answers on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 30 January 2015

This week Hugo Swire, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, replied to two questions relating to ongoing concerns about the Colombian peace process and the current state of human rights in Colombia.

On the 26th January 2015 Jeffrey Donaldson MP (Shadow DUP Spokesperson) asked Hugo Swire MP what recent assessment he has made of prospects for bilateral ceasefires in the Colombian peace process. Mr Swire explained that on 14 January 2015 President Santos recognised that the FARC have complied with their unilateral cease-fire to date and announced that his government was ready to begin discussions on a bilateral cease-fire. The Minister welcomed this latest development, which he said shows a further commitment on both sides to negotiate a sustainable peace for all Colombians after decades of conflict.

On the 27th January 2015, Jim Shannon MP (Shadow DUP Spokesperson) asked Hugo Swire MP what recent discussions he has had with Amnesty International on human rights in Colombia. Hugo Swire’s response was that FCO officials in London held a meeting with Amnesty International and others in October 2014, to discuss human rights in Colombia. Subsequently, an official in London attended Amnesty International's briefing on the progress of the Land Restitution Law and another meeting is scheduled for later this month. In Bogota, an official of the Embassy has also held conversations with Amnesty International.

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