Weaving Transitional Justice in Colombia: Land and Territorial Rights – Webinar 2

Weaving Transitional Justice in Colombia: Land and Territorial RightsThe Colombian transitional justice system, stemming from the peace agreement signed between the Colombian state and the FARC-EP in 2016, is worth observing in several respects. The incorporation of differentiated approaches in this agreement, including ethnic, territorial and environmental approaches, is unprecedented. However, new socio-environmental conflicts have erupted, to the detriment of the rights of local populations and nature. The territorial rights of indigenous peoples are particularly affected.

The Observatory of the National Commission on Indigenous Territories, the Normandy Chair for Peace and the Bogota Pole of the Institute of the Americas have chosen to address this issue through the prism of ancestral knowledge, the field of the rights of nature and future generations.

Through two seminars, we wish to highlight the web of different normativities in order to approach transitional justice in an intercultural manner. We also seek to make the voice of ethnic movements, and in particular indigenous movements, heard.

The meeting itself will be an intercultural exercise based on dialogues between representatives of ethnic organizations and Mestizo, Colombian and French researchers.

Second Webinar: The Challenges of Building Territorial Peace and Indigenous Resistance in Colombia – August 11, 2021

The exercise of autonomy and rights to reclaim their land after forced displacement, and their struggle for the realization of their collective rights against extractive industries harmful to communities and nature, have faced violent responses from legal and illegal armed groups.

More than five years after the signing of the peace agreement, comprehensive rural reform has not been implemented. As a result, the pacification of many areas depends more than anything else on peasant and ethnic representatives and leaders engaged in illicit crop substitution programs and territory-based development programs (PDET). Despite the importance of their work at the local level, these leaders are systematically threatened due to the restructuring of the armed conflict in some territories.

Laetitia BRACONNIER, Member of the Research Line for Transitional Justice, has written an online article on the subject : Meeting – Challenges for a “territorial peace” and indigenous resistance in Colombia

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