In the Great Colombia 2024 Forum convened by SEMANA, the ombudsman insisted that there are no clear rules about the ‘total peace’ implemented by the government of Gustavo Petro, causing him to make a new call for attention.
“From the Office of the Ombudsman, we are with the main project of the government of the general peace, but we are clear and we have no doubts with the government and the public opinion in general: we ask that there are clear rules in the process of ‘total peace,’” he clarified.
Camargo also questioned the proposal initiated by the government to pay one million pesos to the youth so that they do not commit crimes. According to the ombudsman, all it does is “incentivize the commission of any crime. Under no circumstances can they be suggestions. Maybe in their eyes, yes, but in my case, I have to make it clear that there are other legal tools.
The figures show that illegal armed groups have increased their presence in various cities and departments, directly affecting the civilian population.
“I must tell you with deep sadness that we have observed that the curve or slope has turned. The curve is rising. That is why I am very concerned about how the criminal actions of these armed groups are increasing, as observed We are also expanding and consolidating illegal armed groups,” he said.
For Camargo, all of this shows that the one who has fully complied with the ceasefire is the Military Force, which is now tied. “It’s a sad situation; I’m not exaggerating or minimizing it.”
During his visits to the territories, the ombudsman noted that the communities are demanding a greater permanent presence of the state. “This is one of the major mistakes of this government—the lack of presence, not only of the public force, which carries out operations. Now that we have a public force, it is a secret that no one is tied to or passive.”
Consequently, he asked the government to respond to these calls from the most vulnerable population, strengthening public policies and social programs “in and from the territories.”