You are cordially invited to participate in a forum on “The Peace Process in Colombia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for the Protection of Human Rights.” The event will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 10:00-11:30a.m. at the United States Institute of Peace headquarters located at 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.
This event is part of the Colombia Peace Forum (CFP), a USIP forum established following the launch of Colombia’s peace process. The CPF brings together government, non-governmental, and diplomatic sectors to discuss themes related to peace and the internal armed conflict in Colombia, as well as related U.S. foreign policy issues. This session on human rights will be held in coordination with the Latin America Working Group Education Fund and Peace Brigades International.
Thursday’s program will bring together many Colombian human rights advocates who are in Washington, D.C. for the meetings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States. We have asked our colleagues to reflect on the peace process and the challenges and opportunities it presents for human rights workers and human rights. Confirmed speakers include:
Liliana Avila, Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz
Franklin Castañeda, Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos (CSPP)
Luz Marina Monzón, Reiniciar
Jomary Ortegón, Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCAJAR)
Alejandro Malambo, Comisión Colombiana de Juristas
Welcoming remarks will be made by George Lopez, Vice President, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace. I will be moderating the discussion.
I hope you will be able to join us in person or virtually via the USIP website. RSVP here for the event.