U.S. Congressional Hearings on Colombia (UPDATED)


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U.S. Congressional Hearings on Colombia
Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick

October 23, 2013

This Thursday, October 24, join us live or in person at the Capitol Visitors Center (HVC 210) for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Committee’s Hearings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The theme will be “Creating Peace and Finding Justice in Colombia.”  (Testimonies now available here via the TLHRC website, and below.)

As peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP begin their 16th round in Havana this morning, and pressures in Colombia to “advance” in the talks, the U.S. Congress will examine some of the pending critical human rights issues.  A Labor Action Plan, which aimed to provide adequate protection of workers’ rights in Colombia, faces many challenges in its implementation and has not prevented labor activists from becoming targets of intimidation and deadly attacks. Under President Santos’s signature Law on Victims’ Rights and Land Restitution, many of Colombia’s internally displaced are trying to reclaim their land and face serious threats and killings for their activities. (See the recent Human Rights Watch report on this subject.)  And as peace negotiations move forward, Colombia struggles to find an effective approach to transitional justice.  (See the new International Crisis Group report.)

The challenge for the peace table is to guarantee victims’ rights to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition of atrocities; the State’s obligation to investigate, prosecute, and punish gross violations of human rights; and negotiate an end to the conflict.

Opening Remarks by Cong. Jim McGovern, co-chair. 

The following witnesses will testify:

Panel I:

Panel II:

Panel III:

  • Liliana ÁvilaHuman Rights Attorney, Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission (See AVILA WRITTEN TESTIMONY).

About Ginny Bouvier

Love reading, writing, thinking, and working with people to make the world a better place. Family and friends, yoga, travel, photography, perusing dessert menus keep me sane. Latin American enthusiast. Peace practitioner yearning for justice. Heading up the Colombia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, but tweets and posts are my own.
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4 Responses to U.S. Congressional Hearings on Colombia (UPDATED)

  1. Katie.isaza says:

    Thank you so much for these updates Ginny! I’ll be sure to tune in on Thursday. Hope you will visit us in Medellin. Blessings, Katie



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