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Colombia's Recovery from War: Victims' Rights and Returning Fighters

  • U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)
Aldemar Altamiranda, a commander of one group of FARC rebels now transitioning back to civilian life, near La Paz, Colombia, Feb. 1, 2017. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times /Federico Rios Escobar

Aldemar Altamiranda, a commander of one group of FARC rebels now transitioning back to civilian life, near La Paz, Colombia, Feb. 1, 2017. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times /Federico Rios Escobar

Reparations for victims and reintegration of combatants are key provisions of Colombian law and of the year-old peace agreement that ended a half century of war between the government and the country’s largest rebel group. The effect of the conflict and how the government is fulfilling its commitments will be the focus of a discussion on October 31 at the U.S. Institute of Peace, co-hosted with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. The latest event in USIP’s Colombia Peace Forum series will feature key Colombian officials and award-winning photojournalist Jesús “Chucho” Abad Colorado.

The Colombian government has registered more than 8 million victims of the armed conflict, and the historic peace accord calls for measures to address vexing issues that, left unaddressed, could undermine a sustainable peace. The success or failure of accord implementation and reparations to victims will stand as an example for other violent conflicts worldwide.

Abad Colorado has long documented the violence and its human, environmental, and other consequences. He will present and discuss some of his images, followed by a panel of leading officials involved in supporting implementation of the peace agreement: the director of Colombia’s Victims’ Unit, a senior advisor to the presidency on human rights and the director of the country’s Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization.


Event Details

  • Date: October 31, 2017

  • When: 9:00 - 11:30 AM

  • Where: U.S. Institute of Peace

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