Lecture: Colombia vs. FARC, negotiating a durable peace

On the 4th of April, Urios is organizing a lecture on the peace negotiations between Colombia and FARC. Please sign up at symposium@urios.org.

Since 1964, Colombia has been engaged in a low-intensity asymmetric war between various groups, of which today the most important ones are the Colombian government and far-left guerilla group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). The war has taken 220,000 lives, most of them civilian, and more than five million civilians have been forced to leave their homes, generating the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons. Since Juan Manuel Santos became president in 2010, the government has been engaged in peace talks with FARC in order to end Colombia’s conflict for once and for all. However, there seem to be huge problems to be overcome and even if peace is signed, experts are uncertain whether peace will actually be achieved. Many aspects of the peace process are problematic, yet others are world premieres, like including the victims into the negotiation of the content of the peace treaty. Time will tell if we are facing a major milestone in the peace negotiations.

Speakers of the lecture are:
– Juan José Quintana => Colombian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, specialist in international law

– Lily Rueda => Legal expert specialized in the peace process in Colombia and formerly active for the Colombian Ministry of Justice and for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

– Sandra Rios => postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University. NWO-ESRC Project on the Impact of Transitional Justice Measures on Democratic Institution-Building.

When? 4 April 2016. Doors open at 16.00 with coffee and tea, 16.15 start of the lecture.
Where? Raadszaal in Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht.
Costs? Free!

Please sign up at symposium@urios.org.