Minister Angela Maria Buitrago hopes to make progress in justice reform: “A State decision”

In the midst of the ministerial shake-up of President Gustavo Petro’s cabinet, one of the heads of the portfolio who left his post was the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna
who will be replaced by the criminal lawyer Angela Maria Buitrago

“I thank Minister Osuna for his immense collaboration with our Government. A true progressive jurist. “Dr. Angela María Buitrago will now join us,” the president wrote on his X account.

Buitrago was one of the candidates that Petro presented in the list to choose the new Attorney General of Colombia alongside Amelia Pérez Parra and Luz Adriana Camargo; the latter was ultimately chosen for the position.

In dialogue with Mañanas Blu, with Néstor Morales, the new minister, who has not yet Once he took office, he provided details about the expectations in the portfolio and the handover process with the outgoing minister.

In this regard, the incoming minister acknowledged the problems within the penitentiary system, drug management and the justice system itself, the possibility of a reform of justice and the main points that could be addressed in such a reform.

He stressed the importance of generating consensus for the benefit of justice and emphasized the need to seek solutions that truly impact the system.

“Colombia cannot achieve peace if there is no justice,” he said about the high level of impunity in Colombia; he noted that it is essential to achieve peace in the country.

Finally, he stressed that justice is a State decision and expressed confidence that Congress understands the importance of the changes.

“I think that Congress is aware that the country needs a way out. In a country that wants change, there must be consensus from everyone for the benefit of justice,” said.

Angela Maria Buitrago

The future minister is a lawyer from the Externado University of Colombia, with specialization in Criminal Law from the University of Salamanca (Spain) and in Criminology from Externado.

In 2008, she served as deputy prosecutor at the Supreme Court of Justice, where she led cases such as the seizure of the Palace of Justice. She has also worked as a litigator and expert before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

She has also worked as a consultant for the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations and as a professor at the Center for Latin American Socio-Legal Studies (CESJUL).

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