AfricaNow! August 2, 2017
Topic: The Ethnic Chapter in the Colombian Peace Process
Topic and Guests: On November 29 & 30, 2016 both houses of the Colombian Congress ratified the peace agreement between FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the Colombian government to end the 50-year conflict. During much of the peace negotiations that began in Havana, Cuba on November 19, 2012, the issues confronting Afro-descendant and indigenous communities in Colombia were barely confronted. To address the lack of inclusion in the peace process, the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights was formed by Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA) and the National Organization of Indigenous Persons (ONIC). AfricaNow! features a conversation with members of the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights addressing the challenges in implementing the peace agreement, the attacks on Afro-Colombian and indigenous activists, the solidarity movements for positive changes and other issues. The members of Ethnic Commission included: Mr. Luis Eduardo Calambas, Movimiento de Autoridades Tradicionales Indígenas de Colombia – Gobierno Mayor (Traditional Indigenous Authorities Movement); Mr. Marino Cordoba, Association for Internally Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES) and International Coordinator for the Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA); Mr. Rodolfo Adan Vega Luquez, National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC); and Ms. Diana Martinez, “Kambiri” Network of Afro-Colombian Women. The translator is Ms. Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes at Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).
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