to promote the peace process
Following the Social Forum to promote the peace process, held last 14th and 15th March the organizers, havingheard the opinions of international experts and analysed the social contributions received, wish to propose thefollowing recommendations to promote the peace process:
a) Reach minimum consensus on addressing the main challenges of the peace process
1. - We recommend an exercise of dialogue and reconciliation that would seek to establish a solid basis for futurecoexistence through a wide-ranging and active engagement of institutions, political parties and civil society. Inparticular, we recommend that these groups should work to reach consensus that will contribute to addressing themain challenges of the peace process: disarmament, dismantling ETA’s military structures, reintegration of prisonersand people on the run, the safeguarding of Human Rights, as well as dealing with everything that happened in thepast and establishing a basis for coexistence in the future.
b) Design, develop and implement a process of dismantling and disarmament
2. - In order to ensure safety for all citizens, and as an essential part of the peace process, we recommend designinga controlled, ordered and agreed process that will conclude with the disarmament of ETA and the dismantling of its military structures.3. - We recommend that this process, to be carried out in a reasonable timescale, should be able to call oninternational independent facilitator bodies, with the aim of providing security to the states and its institutions andto the general public.
c) Facilitate the integration of prisoners and people “on the run”
4. - We recommend that a consensus is found on a comprehensive solution to the issue of prisoners and people “onthe run”. This is essential to building a stable and lasting coexistence. To do this, we consider it necessary to adaptthe law to the new reality and implement a transitional justice that helps society to consolidate coexistence. At thesame time, and as a starting point, aspects of the prison policy that contravene human rights or that go against thehumanitarian treatment of prisoners must be modified, eliminating exceptional prison policy measures that opposethe international standards. In particular, the situation of those who are seriously ill, the refusal to allow the releaseof prisoners who have served their sentence, and the dispersion of prisoners, which punishes their families.5. - We recommend that the process of reintegration be done through legal channels, accepting that it – beingcomprehensive - may take place in an individualised, staggered manner and within a reasonable timescale. Thisprocess requires that prisoners show their commitment to the new scenario of peace and renounce violent means.Furthermore, as the case may be, there should be recognition on their part of the harm done as a result of theiractions.