The Anti-Corruption Social Response Force (known as FUERSA) is a group of anti-corruption activists made up of:

Iván Velásquez

Iván Velásquez

Colombian lawyer from the University of Antioquia, former Director of the Antioqueño Bar Association “Colegas”, where he carried out campaigns against the “Statute for the defense of justice”, which sought to establish faceless judges and secret witnesses.

Between 1991 and 1994 he held the position of Departmental Prosecutor of Antioquia, where he initiated investigations related to torture, extrajudicial executions and abuses against the civilian population. In this role, he managed to consolidate the Permanent Human Rights Office of the Departmental Attorney, and promoted the Inter-institutional Committee on Human Rights.

In 1996, he was an auxiliary magistrate in the State Council, and a year later he was elected as Regional Director of Prosecutors in Medellín. In 2000 he was elected auxiliary magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, and between 2006 and 2012 he coordinated the Investigative Support Commission of the Criminal Chamber, where he was in charge of investigating relations between members of the Congress of the Republic and paramilitarism, which resulted in over 50 Members of Congress being charged.

In 2011, the International Bar Association (IBA) presented him with the World Prize for Human Rights, and in 2012, the Association of German Judges awarded him in recognition of his commitment to the fight against impunity and respect for fundamental rights.

Between 2013 and 2019, he was appointed as Commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) at the rank of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Organization.

Camilo Enciso

Camilo Enciso

Colombian lawyer from the University of Antioquia, former Director of the Antioqueño Bar Association “Colegas”, where he carried out campaigns against the “Statute for the defense of justice”, which sought to establish faceless judges and secret witnesses.

Between 1991 and 1994 he held the position of Departmental Prosecutor of Antioquia, where he initiated investigations related to torture, extrajudicial executions and abuses against the civilian population. In this role, he managed to consolidate the Permanent Human Rights Office of the Departmental Attorney, and promoted the Inter-institutional Committee on Human Rights.

In 1996, he was an auxiliary magistrate in the State Council, and a year later he was elected as Regional Director of Prosecutors in Medellín. In 2000 he was elected auxiliary magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice, and between 2006 and 2012 he coordinated the Investigative Support Commission of the Criminal Chamber, where he was in charge of investigating relations between members of the Congress of the Republic and paramilitarism, which resulted in over 50 Members of Congress being charged.

In 2011, the International Bar Association (IBA) presented him with the World Prize for Human Rights, and in 2012, the Association of German Judges awarded him in recognition of his commitment to the fight against impunity and respect for fundamental rights.

Between 2013 and 2019, he was appointed as Commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) at the rank of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Organization.

José Roberto Acosta

José Roberto Acosta

Economist from the Nueva Granada Military University, lawyer from the National University of Colombia, and Master and specialist in corporate finance from the College of Higher Administration Studies.

Mr. Acosta has been a university professor since 1993 and is a columnist for the newspaper El Espectador, from where he has managed to position himself as one of the most forceful figures in public opinion, with important complaints about corruption cases such as Odebrecht, Navelena, Medimas, Bonos Agua and the sale of Isagen, among others.

For over 25 years, Mr. Acosta has worked in the stock and financial sector for firms such as Serfinco, Corredores Asociados, Grupo Aval and Asesores en Valores S.A., and he has also worked as an attorney in matters related to economic, commercial and administrative law.

León Valencia Agudelo

León Valencia Agudelo

Director of the Fundación Paz y Reconciliación – PARES (Peace and Reconciliation Foundation). He is a Colombian political analyst with extensive experience in issues related to the country’s armed conflict. He has had opinion pieces and columns published in the Semana, Diners and Credencial magazines, as well as for the El Tiempo and El Colombiano newspapers. He is the author of books including “Goodbye to Politics, Welcome the War”, “Miseries of War, Hope for Peace”, among others. In 2019, he presented his most recent work ´The Return of Uribismo´, and the second edition of ´My Years of War´, where he recounts his experiences during his time as an ELN militant.
Catherine Juvinao

Catherine Juvinao

Social communicator and journalist from the Universidad del Norte with a Masters in Political Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Scholar of the Leadership X Bogotá program from the Universidad de Los Andes.

Ms. Juvinao has served as advisor and head of communications in both the public and private sectors for organizations such as the Concejo de Bogotá (Bogotá City Council), Secretaría Distrital de Gobierno (City Government Secretariat), the NGO Corpovisionarios, Universidad de los Andes, Secretaría Distrital de movilidad (City Mobility Secretariat) and Agencia Nacional de Seguridad Vial (National Road Safety Agency). Additionally, she was part of the panel for the “La Luciernaga” show on Caracol Radio.

She is currently an activist and leader of the “Trabajen Vagos” (“Work, Lazybones) public oversight campaign, which monitors the productivity of Members of the Congress of the Republic of Colombia.

Open letter to the National Government, the Congress of the Republic, the Constitutional Court and the Council of State

On 11 May 2020, members of the Anti-Corruption Social Response Force (known as FUERSA) sent an open letter to the National Goverment, the Congress of the Republic, the Constitutional Court and the Council of State. The letter expressed their various concerns regarding the way in which democracy is functioning in Colombian, the country’s institutions and the system of checks and balances against the backdrop of the State of Emergency decreed by the National Government in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some of their concerns include:

  1. Erosion of the necessary balance between the branches of public power.
  2. Breach of the constitutional duty established in Article 215 of the Political Constitution.
  3. Absence of information on public contracting provided by the National Government .
  4. Opacity in the information provided about the beneficiaries of the lines of credit offered by Bancóldex and the National Guarantees Fund.
  5. Lack of information about resources for health.
  6. Violation of the fundamental right to request information from the authorities and the serious weakening of social control and public oversight.

Finally, taking the above into account, the members of FUERSA called upon the different institutions to take action.

FUERSA and PARES lead discussion about who controls the National Government’s actions within the framework of Covid-19?

On Wednesday 20 May 2020, the Anti-Corruption Social Response Force (known as FUERSA) and the Fundación Paz y Reconciliación (Peace and Reconciliation Foundation known as PARES), led a discussion about who controls the actions of the National Government within the framework of Covid-19. The following members of FUERSA participated in the discussion: Margie Mojica and Camilo Enciso, representing the Anti-Corruption Institute, León Valencia and Carlos Castelblanco as members of the Fundación Paz y Reconciliación (Peace and Reconciliation Foundation), and Catherine Juviano as a member of the “Trabajen Vagos” (“Work, lazybones”) movement.

During the discussion, fuerza outlined and explained some of the concerns that they had included in an open letter addressed to the National Government, the three High Courts and the Congress of the Republic, regarding the way in which democracy functions during the State of Emergency.

As part of the discussion, the members debated three key points:

  1. How do you evaluate the performance of the Congress of the Republic during this pandemic, including the delay in the start of formal sessions, political control and the proposals that it has made?
  2. How do you evaluate the performance of the Congress of the Republic during this pandemic, including the delay in the start of formal sessions, political control and the proposals that it has made?
  3. How would you evaluate the performance of the High Courts, particularly the Constitutional Court, during the National Emergency?

Anticorruption Force demands election of the National Register

On 15 November 2019, the Anticorruption Social Response Force (FUERSA) filed an electoral annulment claim before the State Council, against the appointment of Mr. Alexander Vega as Colombia’s National Registrar.

Anti-Corruption Force presented a statement to the Supreme Court of Justice detailing certain considerations regarding the election of the Attorney General of the Nation

On 9 December 2019, the FUERSA group presented a statement to the Supreme Court of Justice with some considerations regarding the candidate for Attorney General of the Nation, Clara María González. They urged the Court to take into account the ethics of the actions of the candidates and the denunciation made by Noticias Uno about the aforementioned candidate.