Statement on Colombia
3 August 2001
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom IEC held in lieu of the 27th Triennial Congress, July 27-August 3, 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland:
WILPF International Executive Committee Meeting 2001 reaffirms all previous resolutions on the situation in Colombia. WILPF deplores the grave and systematic violations of human rights and international law that persist in the country.
WILPF calls for the full implementation of the recommendations made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Mary Robinson in her most recent report (ECN/4/2000/15).
WILPF supports the call by the President of the 57th UN Commission on Human Rights, Ambassador Despuy for human rights offices to be established throughout Colombia, for the international community to enter the negotiations, the establishment of an independent verification mechanism for the violation of human rights, quick investigations of guilty parties for violations of human rights, a humanitarian accord to lead to a cease fire, greater efforts to suppress paramilitary groups, and the destruction of economic entities that are supporting their efforts.
WILPF reiterates its support for peace negotiations between the government and Colombian guerrilla forces
WILPF calls on the Colombian government to fulfill international treaties and conventions for the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens of Colombia, to fully respect the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).