Check out Crisis Group’s Weekly Update, a summary of everything we have published over the past week.
Showing posts tagged as "FARC"
Showing posts tagged FARC
A Step Forward in Colombia Talks | Latin America Crime & Politics
The Colombian government and negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed on Wednesday 6 November that FARC would be able to participate in democratic politics once a final peace agreement is ratified. Javier Ciurlizza, Latin America Program Director, discusses the implications of this advance in the negotiations.
Q: What is the significance of the announced agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on political participation?
This partial agreement provides a much-needed boost for a peace process besieged by public scepticism, spoilers and the uncertain will of the FARC to really move forward. There was fear that talks had stalled after the first breakthrough agreement (on rural development) five months ago. (See Christian Voelkel’s 18 October post.) Political participation is one of the most sensitive and difficult issues for the parties to agree on, so it is remarkable that they have managed to make such progress on the specifics of FARC participation in Colombian democratic politics and on other forms of political participation and guarantees.
FULL ARTICLE (Crisis Group Blogs)
Farc rebels and Colombian government reach deal over political participation | Sibylla Brodzinsky
For the first time in their 50-year struggle, Colombia’s leftist Farc rebels have agreed to give up the use of violence to reach their political ends in exchange for full participation in democratic politics – a major breakthrough in peace talks between one of the oldest guerrilla movements in the world and the government of Juan Manuel Santos.
Farc and government negotiators, who have been meeting in Havana for a year, announced the partial agreement on Wednesday on the political participation of the guerrillas, which would take effect only once a broader agreement to end the country’s conflict was reached.
FULL ARTICLE (The Guardian)
Photo: Marco Andre Lima/Wikimedia Commons
Transitional Justice Necessary for Success of Colombia’s Peace Process | Global Insider
In September, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerilla organization currently attempting to negotiate an end to its nearly five-decade armed conflict with the Colombian government, called for the formation of a truth commission to investigate Colombia’s conflict. In an email interview, Christian Voelkel, an analyst with the Colombia and Andes project at International Crisis Group, explained the role of transitional justice in Colombia’s peace process, which was also the subject of a recent International Crisis Group report.
FULL INTERVIEW (World Politics Review)
Photo: Natalia Diaz/Flickr
After a half century of war, how does a country move on?
That’s the question facing Colombia as government and FARC negotiators hold peace talks in Havana. Check out this Google+ hangout we held with our Latin America program staff to understand why transitional justice must be part of the solution.
The Five Challenges of Negotiating Transitional Justice in Colombia | Christian Voelkel and Anna Crowe
As talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) make headway towards ending decades of conflict, it has become increasingly clear that sustainable peace requires reaching a viable agreement on transitional justice. This will not be easy. The agreement will need to be widely acceptable beyond just the negotiators in Havana.
But there is little common ground among the main transitional-justice stakeholders regarding how to deal with the human rights violations committed during the conflict. As Crisis Group explained in the report Transitional Justice and Colombia’s Peace Talks, the country needs to take the challenges of transitional justice seriously.
FULL ARTICLE (Crisis Group Blogs)
Photo: OEA - OAS/Flickr
CPI juzgará a Colombia si hay cero justicia: Ciurlizza | Daniel Rivera Marín
Javier Ciurlizza, director para América Latina y el Caribe de la organización Crisis Group, experto en justicia transicional, habló con El Colombiano sobre el proceso de paz y el mecanismo que permitirá incorporar a los guerrilleros a la vida civil.
ENTREVISTA COMPLETA (El Colombiano)
Foto: Kinori/Wikimedia Commons
“Hablar solo de cárcel es simplista y provocador” | Semana
La canadiense Louise Arbour fue alta comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos y fiscal de los tribunales internacionales para la ex Yugoslavia y Ruanda. Desde 2009 preside el International Crisis Group (ICG), un prestigioso centro de análisis de conflictos. ICG presentó hace unos días el informe Justicia Transicional y los Diálogos de Paz en Colombia con una propuesta concreta sobre el modelo de Justicia Transicional en el país (ver semana.com). Arbour estuvo en Bogotá y habló con esta revista.
ARTÍCULO COMPLETO (Semana)
Fotografía: Bryan Pocius/Flickr
Check out our new multimedia presentation, Justicia transicional y los diálogos de paz en Colombia, on transitional justice in Colombia.
Recognizing war victims - a crucial first step towards peace in Colombia? | Anastasia Moloney
Colombia’s nearly 50-year-old war has left more than 220,000 dead, 25,000 missing and forced some 5 million people to leave their homes.
The Colombian government and chief commanders from the country’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), are holding peace talks in Havana in a bid to end the war.
FULL ARTICLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation)