In December 2017, Salvador Herencia Carrasco, HRREC member and Director of the Human Rights Clinic, was selected as one of ten foreign experts who will support the work of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia. This Tribunal was created under the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC armed group, putting an end to a 50-year conflict. The Tribunal will be in charge of judging those responsible for grave human right violations and crimes against humanity, like torture and forced disappearances, as well as war crimes.
The Tribunal is part of a complex system of transitional justice which also includes a Truth Commission, a bureau in charge of investigating disappearances and a specialized Prosecutor office. The new Tribunal is divided into two bodies: the Salas de Justicia (Justice Chambers) and the Tribunal para la Paz (Peace Tribunal). Salvador will support the work of the Justice Chambers.
The ten experts were chosen by an independent Committee sponsored by the United Nations and experts were selected from Chile, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Their work will consist on submitting legal briefings (amicus curiae). The Special Jurisdiction for Peace formally began its operations on January 15, 2018 and it is expected that at least 3,500 members of the FARC and 1,750 members of the Armed Forces will be judged by this special jurisdiction.