Colombia peace process

The FARC arrives at Congress to become a political party

By ¡PACIFISTA! 25 August 2017 in association with DemocraciaAbierta-openDemocracy This Sunday, more than a thousand delegates of the Farc will gather in Bogotá to discuss its future, including the new political party’s name and what it will stand for. “Excited…

ELN-Colombia second cycle of talks closes with valuable achievements

The second cycle of peace talks between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government has ended today in the Ecuadorian capital, with significant achievements by both sides. In a press conference at the Foreign Ministry, Negotiating Chiefs Juan…

Bogota to Host World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; Feb 2-5

This will be the first time since its creation in 1999, that the Summit will be held in Latin America, this coming 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of February, 2017 in Bogotá. Bogotá organized the meeting with six other cities,…

Behind the NO Vote in Colombia

Everyone is trying to understand what happened in the referendum to ratify the Colombian peace agreement. A few questions immediately come to mind. Why did so few people vote (only 32%) and why did 50.2% vote NO to a peace…

“Idiotes” in Ancient Greece and today. The Colombia debacle

Idiotes was the word used in Athenian democracy to describe those only preoccupied with their own, selfish interests, concerned almost exclusively with private, as opposed to public, affairs. They declined to take part in public life, such as democratic government…

Colombia: We need to learn peace

On the 2nd of October, the International day of Nonviolence, the people of Colombia went to the polling stations. After the agreement signed between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC on the 26th of September after four…

Most Colombians would support Peace agreements in referendum

Bogota, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The 62 percent of Colombians to vote in the next Sunday referendum would support the peace agreements between the Government and FARC-EP, indicated an opinion poll today. According to the survey carried out by the…

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

While a “new Condor Plan” is rumoured to be stalking the region, Colombia might need more than a sideways glance from self-absorbed neighbours in the years to come. by Ivan Briscoe for OpenDemocracy On a rough count over the month…

Colombia Peace Process in London

The Colombian community in London met on 18/9/16 to reaffirm its commitment to the peace process and for a video link with Colombia to receive information from Taylor Valbuena, Adviser to the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace. He…

HP’s 5 Points in Support of the YES Vote in the Colombia’s Peace Process Referendum

Here are a few key points outlining why we support the agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC: We support peace and discussion instead of war and violence as a way to resolve conflicts. The NO vote will cancel…

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