WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

The Status of Implementation for the Ethnic Chapter in Colombia’s Peace Accord

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST Thursday, 17 February 2022

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The historic 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) introduced a gold standard for the incorporation of ethnic minority rights in peace processes worldwide. The inclusion of the Ethnic Chapter, a set of principles transversally applied throughout the accord that guarantee the individual and collective rights of ethnic groups, came about as a result of the tireless advocacy of Afro-Colombian, palenquero and Indigenous community leaders. The Special High Level Instance for Ethnic Groups (Instancia Especial de Alto Nivel con Pueblos Étnicos, IEANPE) was formed to guarantee the effective and integral implementation of the commitments made to Colombia’s diverse ethnic communities. In December 2021, the IEANPE released a report monitoring the status of implementation of the commitments made in the Ethnic Chapter from 2017 to 2021.  

At this event, Afro-Colombian and Indigenous leaders will share updates regarding the implementation of the Ethnic Chapter ’and their views on how the international community can help advance the rights of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous peoples in 2022.


Event Details:
Thursday, February 17, 2022
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST


Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish and English on Zoom. 


Carlos Rosero
National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA)/ Black Communities Process of Colombia (PCN)

Richard Moreno
National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA)

Albeniz Ferreira Tique
Indigenous Pijao
Colombia Ethnic Commission

Luz Mery Panche
National Coordination of Indigenous Peoples (CONPI), the National Ethnic Coordination for Peace (CENPAZ), and member of the IEANPE

Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli
Director for the Andes