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Protect Colombia’s Peace: Civil Society Perspectives on the Fifth Anniversary of the Colombian Peace Accords

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST Thursday, 18 November 2021

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The Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF), Peace Brigades International (PBI), the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and the Colombia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) cordially invite you to a webinar:

Protect Colombia’s Peace:
Civil Society Perspectives on the Fifth Anniversary of the Colombian Peace Accords

The historic peace accords signed between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas to end the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere reach their fifth year at the end of November. There are reasons to celebrate: Over 13,000 FARC combatants turned in their weapons and the vast majority remain committed to civilian life. The tripartite transitional justice system is moving forward gradually, offering possibilities for truth and justice. But achieving peace on the ground, addressing the root causes of the conflict, ending the threats and attacks against human rights defenders and social leaders, and implementing the full scope of the peace accords remains off in the distance. The real risk of a failed peace process will have dire consequences not only for rural communities, which are gravely affected by ongoing conflicts, but also for the country as a whole and the Latin American region. 

Come hear from a diverse and dynamic group of Colombian civil society leaders about their perspectives on what has been achieved, what needs to happen to make peace tangible, and what the international community can do to reach the shining promises of the 2016 Colombian peace accords.


Event Details:
Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST


Simultaneous interpretation will be available between Spanish and English, exclusively on Zoom.


Lisa Haugaard
Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF)


Marco Romero
Political Science Professor at the National University of Colombia
Director for the Consultancy on Displacement and Human Rights

Richard Moreno
Afro-Colombian National Peace Council (CONPA)

Luz Marina Hache
National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE)

Silvia Berrocal
Member of Apartadó Victims’ Working Group and Family Member of Assassinated Victim from the FARC’s La Chinita Massacre 

Astrid Torres
Colombian Human Rights Platforms
(Coordinación Colombia Europa Estados Unidos, la Alianza de Organizaciones Sociales y Afines, y la Plataforma Colombiana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo) and Member of the Corporación Jurídica Libertad