Peace with Justice in Colombia?

Monday, 19 April 2021 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Anna Bogic
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Organized by CIPS, The Fragile States Research Network, The Just Governance Group and The Latin America Caribbean Study Group of the Canadian International Council’s National Capital Branch.

The Havana Peace Accords signed by the State of Colombia and the FARC-EP guerrillas in 2016, offer a basis to redress conflict and unsustainable development in Colombia. As Wade Davis has written: “Rarely in history has a nation-state been given such an opportunity to envision its future, and such a reprieve from the industrial forces that have devastated so much of the world over the past half-century.” Some parts of the Accord are being implemented, yet Colombian human rights activists worry that key plans for transitional justice (TJ) — for the truth about past violations to be recognized, for the accused to be tried, for affected communities to be compensated and for the country to begin the long process of reconciliation – are being blocked. What is the state of the peace implementation today, almost five years after the Havana Accords were signed? Where is there progress and where is it being blocked, particularly with regard to TJ? Why – given the agendas and power of key national and international stakeholders? What does all this mean for the vision of a new Colombia evoked above?


Wade Davis is a Professor of Anthropology and BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk, at the University of British Columbia.

Paola Jiménez is a Bogota-based consultant on women’s rights, gender, justice and development with the Just Governance Group.

Nelson Ovalle Diaz is a professor of law and an Associate of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at uOttawa.


Stephen Baranyi is a Professor in the School of International Development and Globalization Studies at uOttawa.

Kimberly Inksater is Executive Director at Just Governance Group