Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
Building Peace from the Ground Up:
Local Dynamics of the Colombian Peace Accords
2017 Recipients of Colombia’s National Prize
in Defense of Human Rights
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
441 Cannon HOB
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Please join me on Tuesday, February 13th at 2:30 PM in 441 CHOB to welcome the recipients of the National Prize for the Defense of Human Rights in Colombia. They will discuss the many challenges that they and other
social leaders and human rights defenders face in implementing Colombia’s Peace Accords in its many diverse regions at the local level.
Over a year ago, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an historic agreement that ended more than a half-century of war. Since then, the FARC have disarmed, demobilized, transformed into a political party,
and the many social, economic, human rights and justice provisions of the peace accords are in various stages and degrees of implementation.
While the peace accord ended the war between the government and the FARC, it has not ended the violence. Many violent actors – criminal networks, paramilitary groups, other guerrilla organizations – continue to compete for control over territory and illegal
activities, such as drugs and extortion. They continue to murder and threaten community leaders and human rights defenders, whose leadership is crucial in building peace from the ground up in regions throughout the country.
Please come hear how the recipients of the 2017 National Prize in Defense of Human Rights describe the current situation, the threats they face, and the important role they and other social leaders play in consolidating the peace in Colombia:
- Enrique Chimonja Coy, the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP)
- Angelica Ortiz, the Sütsüin Jieyuu Wayúu Organization (Fuerza de Mujeres Wayúu)
- Iván Madero Vergel, Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights (CREDHOS)
- Socorro Aceros Bautista, Agricultural producers and Marketers of Flor Amarillo (APOCAFLOR)
These social leaders and human rights defenders hail from Buenaventura, Barrancabermeja, Guajira and Arauca, and represent a wealth of knowledge about the local dynamics of each region.
I hope you can join us and hear their insights, hopes and concerns about the future of peace in Colombia.
James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
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