The Organization of American States (OAS) has denounced their power and the ability to dominate population groups and economic sectors illegals in Colombia concentrated in rural areas where there is little or no government presence.
The recent report released by the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia of the Organization of American States (Mapp/OEA) not only reiterated its support for the Total Peace policy of the national Government but also highlighted concerning issues regarding the activities of various groups in regions with limited or no State presence.
The report expressed particular concern about the Central General Staff, the ELN, and the Clan del Golfo, emphasizing their significant influence and control in these territories, overshadowing the authority of the State. It painted a grim picture of the extent of illegal armed groups’ dominance and the limited control exerted by the Colombian government in these areas.
OAS Condemns Imposition of Unofficial Justice by Illegal Armed Actors in Colombia
In the joint document, the OAS stressed the the importance of upholding the life and well-being of the civilian population cannot be undermined and should transcend any dispute. The immediate application of International Humanitarian Law and respect for human rights are essential.
Protecting communities, amplifying the voices of victims, and striving for non-repetition must be the central focus of the peace process, particularly for ethnic groups who have endured significant suffering due to the prolonged armed groups. Recently, the organization issued a joint statement with other organisms accompanying the peace process condemning the death of the Venezuelan indigenous people.