September 11, 2014

The Increasing Possibility Of Peace In Columbia

The Latin American Working Group ask that we stand by Columbia’s victims of violence. A peace process between the FARC guerillas and Columbian government is advancing and, for the first time, a delegation of victims was included in negotiations two weeks ago. 

The LAWG believes this moment in the negotiations is extremely important, and that we, as members of the international community, can help ensure the peace process continues by joining Columbia's victims of violence in their quest for truth, justice, meaningful reparations, and guarantees that the brutal crimes of the past will not be repeated. 

There are many obstacles ahead--from demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants to land restitution and implementing strong mechanisms for truth and justice--and achieving peace won't be easy. By addressing the underlying human rights and economic and social roots of a five-decades long conflict, the LAWG believes that peace could be on the horizon for Columbia. 

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