WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

A Wake-Up Call: Colombia’s Peace at Risk

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, 9 April 2019
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), the Colombia Human Rights Committee, Peace Brigades International, and Amnesty International cordially invite you to the following event:

Colombian Civil Society Leaders Ask for International Community to Press for Peace Accord Implementation

More than two years after the signing of Colombia’s peace agreement paved the way to ending 50 years of conflict, the lackluster implementation of the accord and declining international attention threaten the construction of peace. U.S. policy appears focused once again on a narrow counternarcotics strategy as well as on Colombia’s role as Venezuela’s neighbor.

Colombian social leaders and human rights defenders, who view the peace accords as a roadmap not only to create sustainable peace but to build a more just and equitable society, are issuing a wake-up call to the international community. Representatives of Colombian civil society are here in Washington, DC to call for U.S. support to encourage the full implementation of Colombia’s peace accords.

Event Details:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009

The event will be moderated by Lisa Haugaard, Executive Director of the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) and will feature the following speakers:

Danilo Rueda, Co-Director, the Inter-Ecclesial Commission on Justice and Peace

Jaime Arias, Governor of the Kankuamo People of the Sierra Nevada and Representative of National Indigenous Organization of Colombia

Jomary Ortegón Osorio, Lawyer, José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective

Johan Giraldo Ospina, President, Gustavo A. Marulanda Corporation for Human Rights

The event will be in Spanish and English, with live translation available.