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14 Apr 2016 | Video

Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement

In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces on how to ensure the success of bilateral ceasefire agreement. The series will be accompanied by video interviews with experts and leaders on the ground who are on the frontlines of the peace process.

The first article of the series looks at the actual mechanics of how Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas will begin the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, and highlights different issues that must be addressed in order to ensure a successful bilateral ceasefire. It features video interviews with WOLA’s Adam Isacson, who recently returned from Colombia, and with Danilo Rueda, the director of the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace, an organization that has played a key role in working for peace and supporting victims of the violence and displacement caused by the country’s 50-year-old armed conflict.

In the second piece in the series, WOLA’s Gimena Sánchez explores why Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities need to be integrated into the peace process. It features video interviews with Sánchez, who recently returned from Colombia, and with Marino Cordoba, the international director of Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA), a respected coalition of ethno-territorial authorities, the displaced, women, and civil rights leaders.

The third article addresses the issue of the UN mission that will be in charge of verifying the ceasefire, and features an interview with WOLA’s Adam Isacson.

The fourth article analyzes the role of Colombia’s military in the post-conflict, and also features a video interview Isacson.

The fifth article in the series looks at how Colombia’s vibrant civil society has strengthened and improved the peace process.