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Why truth and justice matter in Colombia

This online webinar, to be held on 12 May, will examine the intersectionality between gender and ethnic discrimination and conflict sexual violence in Colombia.


Colombia fighting for peace. Photo by Leon Hernandez. Flickr. Creative Commons license.

It will do so while discussing the role of transitional justice, as well as the international community, in supporting those working on issues of human rights, peace and justice in Colombia.

Two innovative measures within the Colombian transitional justice approach will be of focus: the role of business in conflict and peacebuilding, and the exclusion of crimes of sexual and gender based violence from amnesties in the Colombian conflict.

This will be addressed by a panel of experts including Leigh A. Payne, professor of Sociology and Latin America at the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College; and Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and research consultant at the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford.

But there will also be Eamon Gilmore and María Adelaida Palacio Puerta.

Gilmore is the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (since March 2019) and has also served as EU Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process since October 2015. He was Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2011 until July 2014.

Palacio Puerta is a lawyer specialising in education for citizenship and a lecturer in human rights with a background in teaching, consulting, working as a public official and work in women’s organisations.

She served as Undersecretary of Government of Bogotá; coordinator of the legal area of Corporación Humanas; consultant for the National Women’s Network, IOM and USAID.

Currently, she works as Manager of the Sisma Mujer Corporation, a partner of Christian Aid Ireland.

The event “Why truth & justice matter in Colombia” is co-hosted by ABColombia, Christian Aid Ireland and the Transitional Justice Institute of Ulster University.

Date and time 12 May 2021, 3 pm. To register for the event, which will be interpreted in English and Spanish, click here.


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