The European Academic Network for Peace in Colombia (Europaz) expresses its deepest sorrow and consternation at the death of Mario Paciolla and joins the call for truth and justice, to determine what happened to the United Nations officer in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, Colombia.
The Europaz Network, which was created to support the Peace Accords and the work of the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, with the objective of promoting research and exchange networks among Colombian academics, also expresses its concern for the future of peace in Colombia.
The repeated episodes of violence throughout the country; the persecution of human rights defenders, social leaders and FARC ex-combatants as denounced by national and international bodies; the climate of hostility, and the delegitimization of the work of the Truth Commission, seriously jeopardize the many efforts being made to build a lasting peace, that guarantees truth and social justice.
The commitment and mobilization of the international community has so far played a fundamental role in defending and supporting the peace process.
Mario Paciolla worked in Colombia as a United Nations observer, verifying the implementation of the Peace Accords. He had previously worked in countries such as Jordan and India. When news of Mario’s death reached Naples, his home town, people began demanding justice.
Europaz adds our voice to these demands and expects decisive action from the Italian and Colombian authorities to establish the facts regarding his death, to carry out the appropriate investigations, and to speak out in favor of the rights of the individual, and the security of all those who are committed, at various levels, to building peace.
Europaz committee – truth for Mario Paciolla
Maria Rosaria Stabili, Giovanna Martelli, Silvia De Munari, Juan Camilo Zuluaga, Alessandra Ciurlo, Francesca Casafina, Chiara Lorentini, David Dattilo, Monica Puto, Lorena Cotza, Francesca Carpini, Giulia Poscetti, Mario Visone.