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Local Partner - ICIP & ACCD: 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia: how the diaspora builds peace and memory
Monday, 19/July/2021:
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Plenary room

International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP) and Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD)
The session will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation in English

Session Abstract

Last September 2016, the government of Colombia and FARC-EP signed the “Final Agreement to End the Armed Conflict and Build a Stable and Lasting Peace”. Because of the Peace agreement, the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition was created. This mechanism includes three entities: a Special Jurisdiction for Peace; a Special Unit for Finding Missing Persons, and the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-repetition – also called “The Truth Commission”.

Since 2019, ICIP performs the functions of the technical secretariat for the Truth Commission in Europe, with the aim to facilitate the process of contact and coordination among the various organizations of victims in exile and support groups. There are currently 15 support groups in 10 countries, one of them in Catalonia.

From the more than eight million of the officially registered victims caused by the Colombian armed conflict, thousands have been forced to flee the country since the 1950s and many of them settled in Europe since then. To meet their needs, the Truth Commission became the first of its kind to actively include the victims living outside the country in the different phases of the transitional justice process. This is considered a unique and inspiring experience for other processes in the world.

Among the different actions developed, we must highlight the more of 1.200 victims’ testimonials. It is also worth mentioning the importance of the different approaches -such as gender, ethnic or psychosocial- taken in order to identify the impacts that the armed conflict have caused to the victims; to clarify the cases of enforced disappearance; the attacks and massive killings of human right defenders, activists and political leaders.

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