JEP accredited four indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as victims, what does this imply?

JEP accredited four indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as victims, what does this imply?
JEP accredited four indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta as victims, what does this imply?

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The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) accredited the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and four other indigenous communities as victims of the conflict. The decision was made by the Recognition Chamber and was based on the serious events of the conflict suffered by the communities in that territory.

Sierra Nevada de Gonawindua –as it is called by indigenous peoples– was recognized as a victim this July 9 along with to the peoples of Arhuaco, Kogui, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

The Sierra and the four indigenous peoples will be included in macrocase 09, which investigates and judges crimes committed against ethnic peoples and territories.

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“The decision takes into account the requests submitted by the four Indigenous Peoples and their organizational processes, and the information presented on the victimizing events and the serious, differentiated and disproportionately suffered during the armed conflict“, the JEP said in a statement.

Indigenous peoples have reported being victims of targeted killings, disappearances, forced displacement, torture, confinement, dispossession, and sexual and gender-based violence.

They added that the armed actors They came to desecrate sacred territories and destroyed nature. They claimed that these actions represented damage to their individual and community life plans.

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“For its part, accredit as a victim the ancestral, sacred and collective Territory of the Sierra Nevada de Gonawindua (Santa Marta) It constitutes their recognition as a subject of rights based on the worldview, knowledge systems and legal systems of the four Indigenous Peoples“, the JEP explained in a statement.

This accreditation of ancestral, sacred and collective territory of the Sierra Nevada de Gonawindua (Santa Marta) is a recognition of rights based on the indigenous worldview and materializes the participation rights of the victims.

With this decision, indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada will be able to participate in the JEP hearings on victimizing acts that occurred in their territories and open the door to guarantees of reparation from the State.

In case 09, the JEP has also prioritized the communities of the Amazon, Orinoquía, Chocó and Buenaventura.

 
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