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

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Oct. 31, 2017
9:00am – 11:30am ET


2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC
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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.


Join the conversation on Twitter with #ColombiaPeaceForum.


9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.




Jesús "Chucho" Abad Colorado


 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.PANEL DISCUSSION

Camilo Rojas Álvarez
International Cooperation Adviser
Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization

Yolanda Pinto
Director, National Victim's Unit

Cynthia J. Arnson, Moderator
Director, Latin American Program
Woodrow Wilson Center

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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