'If Ya Wanna End War and Stuff, You Gotta Sing Loud' -A Survey of the Provisional Agreement between FARC and Colombia on Illicit Drugs

Francesco Seatzu


Although still neglected in legal writings, the 2014 agreement on illicit drugs
between the FARC and the Colombian Government deserves attention for a number
of reasons, including that it was conceived as an essential part of the broader strategy
for peace in Colombia, as well as because of its aim of eradicating illicit crops.
Starting with some remarks on the Colombian 'drug war' and the policy and legal
arguments for classifying the Colombian armed conflict as a non-international
armed conflict (NIAC), the paper will then proceed with an analysis of the main
reasons behind the drafting of a partial agreement on illicit drugs between the
FARC and Colombia in 2014. Next, the paper will address the relevant sections and
enforcement mechanisms for putting the provisions of the agreement into effect. An
assessment of how the 2014 agreement has addressed the issue of drug trafficking
and the issues concerning drug related crimes will also be considered. The paper
will conclude with the lessons to be drawn from the new Agreement on illicit drugs.

Palabras clave

illicit drugs, FARC and Colombia, non-international armed conflict (NIAC), peace process, illicit crops, human rights, war on drugs, drug trafficking, Latin America

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ISSN de la edición impresa: 1575-6823
ISSN digital: 2340-2199
Depósito legal: SE 235-2015
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