WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
2 Jul 2014 | Video

Video: Transitional Justice in Colombia


The event was taped on Monday, July 7, 2014

Negotiations to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict have gained significant traction in recent months. Since peace talks commenced in October 2012, the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) have reached agreements on three key points—land, political participation, and drug policy—further than any prior peace process. On June 7, for the first time in history, the FARC took responsibility for some of the victims of the conflict, and outlined ten key points which will guide the debate on victims, the next negotiating point.

Yet while hope for an agreement is growing, significant obstacles remain. Among them are the controversial questions surrounding transitional justice. Prof. Jo-Marie Burt has closely followed transitional processes throughout Latin America, including most recently in Guatemala and Peru. In conversation with Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez, she provided lessons learned from those experiences that could help shape the debate in Colombia.