DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Sent By:
sascha.foertsch@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/30/2016

Friday, October 7, 2016
2456 Rayburn
10:00am-12:00pm

 

On August 24, the Colombian State reached a final agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ending its 52 year armed conflict. After more than three years of national and international advocacy, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities
were able to incorporate an “Ethnic Chapter” into the final accord. This “Chapter” provides guidelines guaranteeing the rights of ethnic minorities: land reform, victims’ rights, political participation, implementation and verification of the agreement.  Advocacy
done by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was crucial for the Inclusion of this chapter.

Please join us to hear from Afro-Colombian leaders Marino Cordoba and Richard Moreno, members of the Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA), as they explain the process that took place in order to make the Ethnic Chapter a reality, how the peace accord incorporates
ethnic rights and what the U.S. Congress can do to guarantee that these commitments are upheld.

Mr. Richard Moreno is also the Director of the Inter-Ethnic Forum Solidarity Chocó (FISCH), which was just awarded the 2016 national human rights prize; and Mr. Marino Cordoba represents the Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES)
that includes over 90,000 displaced members throughout Colombia. Both Mr. Cordoba and Mr. Moreno traveled to Havana, Cuba along with other leaders from the Ethnic Commission on multiple occasions to negotiate with the parties the integration of an Afro-descendant
and indigenous chapter into the accords.

In addition, Ms. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, WOLA Senior Associate, who provided technical support to the Ethnic Commission and just returned from the Peace Signing Ceremony in Cartagena, will be participating in this discussion.

If you have any questions please contact Sascha Foertsch at
sascha.foertsch@mail.house.gov
in my office.

 

Sincerely,

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

Member of Congress