Colombia: a peace at risk

Arrangör Colombiagruppen, Forum Syd, Framtidsjorden, Fonden för mänskliga rättigheter
Plats Forum Syd Alsnögatan 7 , Stockholm
Colombia: a peace at risk

The ground is shaking in Colombia. The celebrated peace agreement between FARC and the Colombian Government that was once awarded the Nobel peace prize is getting rather bleak.

The peace agreement has faced many challenges and has many times lacked the needed political will.

Together with four experts we invite to a discussion on the implementation of the peace agreement and transitional justice from a gender perspective, especially on the countryside and as well the process of reincorporating former FARC combatants.

Most alarming is all the human rights defenders in Colombia who are at risk of violence or murder for promoting the peace agreement. All efforts count more than ever to save the agreement and the voices that dare to defend it. Since 2016 over 600 activists have been murdered making Colombia the most dangerous country for human rights defenders.

The victims are often farmers, indigenous people, Afro-Colombians, members of associations, or leaders working in the territory defending their land and the environment. Defenders fighting to implement the peace agreement are at great risk when promoting the land reform as well as substitution for illicit crops, or for being ex-combatants that took part in the conflict.

Very welcome to a discussion where we dig deeper on the status of the peace agreement, how it affects human rights defenders, and how we, the civil society, defend the peace.

Julián Cortés is an ex-insurgent of the FARC-EP and ex-political prisoner. He is currently the coordinator of the educational committee and board member of the ex-FARC cooperative Social Economies of the Common (ECOMUN)

Jairo Restrepo, a passionate educator and activist in the field of sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty and campaigns for a return of self determination, knowledge and autonomy to the farmer away from the power of agribusiness.

Paola Romero-Niño is a political scientist, specialized in public policies and gender. She is currently responsible for the area of feminisms and the right to food at FIAN Colombia. Her work experience is around the defence of human rights, especially those of women and rural communities, accompanying cases of people affected by different extractive projects such as monocultures, mining, land grabbing and hydroelectric projects.

Pilar Silva is lawyer from the law firm José Alvear Restrepo, CCAJAR. CCAJAR has a consultative status in the UN and follows up the Colombian state's actions to guarantee the rights of conflict victims and strengthens their possibilities to make demands on the Colombian state.