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April 30, 2020

Strategies for Consolidating Peace in Colombia


Discussion Owner: Jason Parker

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, our panel discussed Colombia's peace communities and their efforts to protect community members from violence and armed groups, including legal public security forces.

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated these efforts, and killings and threats to the communities continue.

What are your thoughts on how peace can be consolidated in Colombia?

The panel included:

- Representative of San José de Apartadó, a Colombian human rights defender speaking for the local community

- Leslie Zelenko, Legislative Director for Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI)

- Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli (moderator), Director for the Andes, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

- Karin Ryan (host), Senior Advisor for Human Rights, the Carter Center

An archive of the live Roundtable held April 30, 2020