The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia and the Colombian Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called on authorities to ensure Santrich's physical recovery.
The United Nations (U.N.) Verification Mission in Colombia and the Colombian Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a joint press release Friday detailing the arrest of the leader of the Alternative Revolutionary Force of Commons (FARC) Seuxis Paucias Hernandez Solarte, better known as Jesus Santrich, immediately after his release from La Picota prison in Bogota, Colombia.
Santrich was re-arrested two minutes, after being released from the prison, on new charges. The new charges, as reported by his defense team, were alleged drug trafficking conspiracy. Santrich was then taken, by helicopter, to the Attorney General's office.
According to the release, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is monitoring the situation within the framework of their mandates as well as verifying the responses in the Territorial Spaces of Training and Reincorporation, and the New Areas of Urban and Rural Reincorporation where the process of reincorporation of former members of the FARC-EP is being carried out.
FARC leader, Jesus Santrich, was today released and then re-arrested, in what analysts have called a violation of the Colombian peace process. pic.twitter.com/2BjI3s5Kqv— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 18, 2019
The Mission and the Human Rights Office will continue to monitor legal status for those currently in the process of reincorporation. Both organizations expressed confidence that Santrich's due process and right to defense will be respected.
The bodies also called on the authorities to undertake the necessary measures to guarantee Santrich's physical recovery in reference to his current health status. Santrich had been seriously injured at the La Picota prison facility, according to reports released Friday.
Despite the constant challenges that the peace process faces, it is essential, today more than ever, for Colombians to continue to work to preserve the progress made by the Peace Agreements, the statement pointed out.