MADRID, Oct. 12 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced Friday that he will file a bill before Congress to extend the law for repairing victims of the Colombian conflict for ten years, whose initial force is until 2021.
“I have made the decision to present a bill with an urgent message so that we can extend the validity of the victims' law for another 10 years,” said the president, according to the Caracol Radio station.
Duque has assured that the purpose of this measure is to “guarantee the reparation and attention of that population affected by the violence.”
Likewise, the Colombian president has stressed that he will update the “decrees with force of law that also extend that coverage to victims with differentiation criteria by ethnic groups.”
In Colombia there are more than 8 million people affected by the armed conflict, which represents 17.7 percent of the population, according to the Unique Victims Registry.
“We have a comprehensive vision to assist victims in all state agencies. We have made a great effort in terms of resources and in 2019 620,000 million pesos were guaranteed for the reparation of victims and that shows the commitment we have to fulfill” , Duke said.
With this measure, the law that came into force in 2011 during the mandate of the now former president Juan Manuel Santos, could be extended until 2031 and continue with its objective of “establishing a set of judicial, administrative, social and economic, individual and collective measures to Those affected by the conflict.