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The CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series 2019 begins!

 

 

The German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ is pleased to invite those interested in joining us for the events planned, in Germany and Colombia, into the academic calendar for the first semester of 2019.

The Spotlight on Peace series will begin with the discussion session entitled: “The role of academia, international cooperation, and peacebuilding” on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Claustro de San Agustín in Bogotá (Cra. 8 No. 7-21).

Free entry, no registration required. More information about the inaugural event of the Spotlight on Peace series.

 

Topics

For the first semester of 2019, the program includes discussion sessions, lectures, workshops and conferences on current topics on peacebuilding in Colombia:

– Academia, international cooperation and peacebuilding (Opening event)

– Transitional Justice: Special Jurisdiction for Peace – JEP, Victims’ Participation and Memory

– Gender, right-wing populisms and peace

– Construction of the historical memory

 

Colombia and CAPAZ in the international context

The Spotlight on Peace series includes activities in Germany and Colombia. Some events will take place at Cloister of San Agustín, headquarters of the CAPAZ Institute, and at some universities of the CAPAZ consortium. In Germany, there will be events in Berlin, Eichstätt, Giessen and Göttingen.

All events are free entry and open to the public (there will be some requirements such as registration according to the event).

Participants will include professors and researchers, artists, writers, as recognized experts linked to universities and research institutions.

Join us for the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series by making sure that you schedule in the events you are interested in from now until July of this year!

Download the programme (in Spanish).

Further information and contact: eventos@instituto-capaz.org

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Kooperationsabkommen zwischen CAPAZ, CEDPAL und JEP in Anwesenheit des Bundesaußenministers Heiko Maas

Patricia Linares, Leiterin der JEP (mitte), María del Pilar Bahamón, Executive Secretary der JEP, Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas und Stefan Peters, Direktor des CAPAZ Instituts während der Unterzeichnung des Abkommens. Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

Bundesaußenminister Maas (l.) mit Prof. Dr. Peters (CAPAZ). Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

In Anwesenheit des Bundesaußenministers Heiko Maas wurde ein Kooperationsabkommen (Memorandum of Understanding, MoU) zwischen dem Deutsch-Kolumbianischen Friedensinstitut (CAPAZ), der Forschungsstelle für lateinamerikanisches Straf- und Strafprozessrecht der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (CEDPAL) und der Sondergerichtsbarkeit für den Frieden (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, JEP) in Kolumbien abgegeben und unterschrieben.

Die Unterzeichnung des Kooperationsabkommens formalisiert die Vertiefung der deutsch-kolumbianischen Wissenschaftskooperation zum Friedensprozess in Kolumbien sowie der Zusammenarbeit mit der JEP zum Ausdruck. In Zukunft sollen auf dieser Grundlage weitere gemeinsame Projekte zwischen der JEP, dem Instituto CAPAZ und dem CEDPAL geplant und umgesetzt werden.

Diskussionsveranstaltung im CAPAZ mit Bundesaußenminister Maas und den LeiterInnen der Friedensinstitute. Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

Die Unterzeichnung des Dokuments erfolgte am Dienstag, den 30. April 2019 in Anwesenheit von Bundesaußenminister Maas bei seinem Besuch im CAPAZ Institut in Bogotá. Im Rahmen seiner Lateinamerikareise traf sich Heiko Maas im CAPAZ mit den LeiterInnen der Institutionen des Integralen Systems der Wahrheit, Gerechtigkeit, Wiedergutmachung und Nichtwiederholung (Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No Repetición):  die Sondergerichtsbarkeit für den Frieden (JEP), die Wahrheitskommission (CEV) sowie der Behörde für die Suche der Verschwundenen (UBPD) und informierte sich über den Stand des Friedensprozesses.

 

Lesen Sie noch:

Presseinformation: Kooperationsabkommen zum Friedensprozess unterzeichnet (Nr. 76 – 06.05.2019). Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Recuperado de [https://bit.ly/2VOPNvk]

La JEP aumentará su presencia territorial gracias al apoyo de Alemania. Portal Oficial de la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz – JEP. (Mayo 6 de 2019). Recuperado de [https://bit.ly/2VTuau0]

Maas sichert Kolumbien weitere Unterstützung für den Frieden zu (Maas asegura a Colombia continuar con apoyo a la paz). Portal Oficial del Ministerio Federal de Relaciones Exteriores, AA (Abril 30 de 2019). Recuperado de [https://bit.ly/2J7K7FU] (en alemán)

Heiko Maas elogia la labor de Colombia dentro del Grupo de Lima. Deutsche Welle (Abril 30 de 2019). Recuperado de [https://bit.ly/2GLTOHo]

Una propuesta de Alemania para América Latina. El Espectador (Abril 28 de 2019). Recuperado de [https://bit.ly/2UUZMuo]

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CAPAZ publishes its second working paper: “The right to the progressive access to the land ownership”

The German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ  recently published its second working paper entitled: “El derecho al acceso progresivo a la propiedad de la tierra” (The right to the progressive access to the land ownership), written by Diana Carolina Sanabria Ramírez, doctoral student of public law in the University of Konstanz in Germany.

The paper analyzes the extent of the Article 64 of the Political Constituttion of Colombia, which refers to the fundamental right of the farmers progressive access to land. The document also discusses the problem of  high tenure concentrations in fewer hands as an obstacle for the compliance of the Article 64 and it analyzes if the current legal system privileges the right to property of people who concentrate the land.

This working paper is the first of the editorial plan of the CAPAZ Institute in 2019 and contributes to the consolidation of the research area of territorial peace and social inequalities.

Please click here to download the working paper (available only in Spanish).

Further information is available in the publications section of the CAPAZ Institute.

 

 

 

 

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Bundespräsident Steinmeier zu Gast im CAPAZ Institut

Bundespräsident Steinmeier in Begleitung vom akademischen Leiter des CAPAZ Instituts und Frau Michelle Müntefering. Foto: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ.

Im Rahmen seines Staatsbesuchs in Kolumbien und Ecuador besuchte der Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier am 12. Februar 2019 das Deutsch-Kolumbianische Friedensinstitut – CAPAZ.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, akademischer Direktor des CAPAZ, empfing Bundespräsident Steinmeier im Museum Claustro de San Agustín in Bogotá, dem Sitz des CAPAZ. Beide tauschten Informationen über die Arbeit von CAPAZ in Kolumbien und Deutschland aus.

Das CAPAZ Institut ist mit der politischen Arbeit Steinmeiers eng verbunden. 2017 nahm der damaliger Außenminister Steinmeier an der Kick-Off Veranstaltung des CAPAZ in Bogotá teil, deren Gründung er aktiv unterstützte.

Begleitet wurde Bundespräsident Steinmeier von seiner Ehefrau Elke Bündenbender und einer fünfzigköpfigen Delegation, darunter Mitglieder des Deutschen Bundestages, Vertreter des Auswärtigen Amtes, der Bundesregierung und Journalisten.

Tom Koenigs (links) und Pater de Roux. Foto: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ.

Tom Koenigs, Sonderbeauftragter für den Friedensprozess in Kolumbien, Peter Ptassek, deutscher Botschafter in Kolumbien, und Hans-Peter Knudsen Quevedo, kolumbianischer Botschafter in Berlin nahmen ebenfalls an dem Besuch teil.

Dialog mit den Institutionen des Friedens

Im CAPAZ Institut traf Frank-Walter Steinmeier auf die Präsidentin des Sondergerichtshofes (JEP), Patricia Linares; die Leiterin der Behörde zur Suche der Verschwundenen (UBPD), Luz Marina Monzón und den Leiter der Wahrheitskommission, Pater Francisco de Roux.

In einem gemeinsamen Gespräch wurden verschiedene Aspekte der drei Behörden erörtert, die Implementierung der Übergangsjustiz in den ruralen Gebieten, die Herausforderungen, mit denen die Behörden konfrontiert sind und die öffentliche Erwartung an deren Arbeit.

Steinmeier stellte konkrete Fragen über die Einbindung der zahlreichen Opfer und die Behandlung der verschiedenen Beteiligten im Konflikt.

Bundespräsident Steinmeier nahm aktiv am Gespräch mit den VertreterInnen der Friedensbehörden. Foto: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ.

“Der Zeuge” und der Bundespräsident Steinmeier

Nach dem Gespräch besuchten der Bundespräsident und seine Frau die Ausstellungsräume des Claustro San Agustín, in denen derzeit die Fotoausstellung “El testigo” (Der Zeuge) mit über 500 Fotografien von Jesús Abad Colorado zu sehen ist.

In Begleitung des Künstlers und der Kuratorin María Belén Sáez de Ibarra informierte sich Steinmeier über die Arbeit Abads, die während der vergangenen dreißig Jahre entstanden ist. “El testigo” ehrt die Opfer des bewaffneten Konflikts in Kolumbien und macht die Arbeit von Abad Colorado zu einem wichtigen historischen Dokument.

Biodiversität und Venezuela

Weitere Themen, die im Mittelpunkt des Besuches von Bundespräsident Steinmeier standen, waren die Lage im Nachbarland Venezuela und die Auswirkungen auf Kolumbien sowie Treffen mit Institutionen, die sich im Bereich Forschung und Schutz der Biodiversität engagieren.

Der Staatsbesuch in Kolumbien und Ecuador findet im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum “Humboldt-Jahr 2019” statt, das an die Geburt und das Erbe des deutschen Wissenschaftlers, Humanisten und Naturforschers Alexander von Humboldt erinnert.

Jesús Abad berichtete über seine Fotoaustellung. Foto: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ.

Lesen Sie die Pressemitteilung zum Besuch des Bundespräsidenten in Kolumbien und Ecuador (auf Spanisch).

Pressespiegel (Auswahl):

Sonntag Morgenmagazin (21.2.2019)

Pressestelle JLU Gießen (13.2.2019)

Auswärtiges Amt Website (13.2.2019)

Süddeutsche Zeitung (13.2.2019)

Der Tagesspiegel (13.2.2019)

ZDF (13.2.2019)

Deutsche Welle (13.2.2019)

Frankfurter Rundschau (13.2.2019)

Deutschlandfunk (12.2.2019)

Deutsche Welle (12.2.2019)

Die Welt (11.2.2019)

Neues Deutschland (12.2.2019)

Süddeutsche Zeitung (12.2.2019)

Deutsche Welle (11.2.2019)

Weser Kurier (11.2.2019)

ZDF (11.2.2019)

El Diario.es (11.2.2019)

El Espectador / Colombia 2020 (10.2.2019)

W Radio (10.2.2019)

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CAPAZ publishes Policy Brief on the situation of human rights defenders

“Panorama de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos y líderes sociales en riesgo en Colombia 2018-2019” (Outlook for Human Rights Defenders and Social Leaders at Risk in Colombia 2018-2019) is the first Policy Brief published by the German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ in 2019 and the second in this series. It addresses one of the most critical issues in the Colombian context: the murder and persecution of human rights defenders. Its author is Carlos A. Guevara, researcher in human rights, peace and armed conflict.

In Colombia, violence against human rights defenders has intensified and keeps the important struggles that they exercise and promote in suspense, despite the benefits of the Acuerdo Final (Final Agreement), signed between the Colombian government and the demobilised guerrilla FARC-EP in 2016, has brought to the country.

Despite the willingness of previous and current governments and the proposal of certain mechanisms and countermeasures to resolve this dramatic situation, to date efforts have not been sufficiently effective. The aggressions continue and the number of murdered human rights defenders has increased exponentially since 2016.

Especially at risk are rural leaders linked to Juntas de Acción Comunal (Community Action Councils), peasant associations, ethnic communities as well as advocates for environmental advocacy, land restitution, voluntary substitution of illicit crops and political participation on behalf of vulnerable minorities and rural communities.

The CAPAZ Policy Brief raises the need to unify public policy to prevent attacks, based on the progress made with the Acuerdo Final (Final Agreement) and the proposals of the current government. It also recommends the possibility of restructuring the Unidad Nacional de Protección (National Protection Unit) to make collective protection measures possible. It presents the need to strengthen dialogue and coordination with human rights defenders in order to protect them.

As the author says: “A human rights defender or social leader is in him/herself a person who builds peace, democracy, country and society […] by building bridges between communities, state and governmental institutions in the pursuit to claim their rights.”

We hope that the first CAPAZ Policy Brief in 2019 will provide relevant inputs for policy makers and institutional decision-makers concerning the prevention, protection and investigation of these forms of violence.

 

Download the CAPAZ Policy Brief No. 1-2019 (in Spanish).

 

CAPAZ Policy Briefs Series

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ has conceived the new series of CAPAZ Publications, which includes Policy Briefs. The CAPAZ Policy Briefs will provide evidence from empirical research of high political and social relevance that seeks to support policy definition or decision making.

The CAPAZ Policy Briefs Series aims to highlight proposals and policy recommendations from researchers on issues related to the challenges of building sustainable and lasting peace in Colombia. Through these documents, CAPAZ seeks to facilitate access to scientific knowledge and the transfer of knowledge from research work to society in general and to different political actors in particular.

The CAPAZ Policy Briefs will be published as useful tools for understanding and addressing concrete problems faced by societies in transition. These documents are addressed in particular to those who design, formulate and have the power of proposition and decision in public policies that can address needs resulting from these problems.

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THE NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF CAPAZ

In accordance with the established in the Governance Statute of the German-Colombian Peace Institute, we are pleased to present our new CAPAZ associate members.

In a meeting held on December 6, 2018, at the CAPAZ office in Bogotá (Cra. 8 No. 7-21, Claustro de San Agustín), the representatives of the founding institutions of the CAPAZ Consortium selected the following German and Colombian higher education institutions as our new associate members:

In Colombia:

Universidad de Antioquia

Universidad de Caldas

Universidad del Cauca

Universidad de Ibagué

Universidad Industrial de Santander

Universidad de Medellín

Universidad del Norte

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín

In Germany:

University of Erfurt (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Centre for Latin American Studies – ZILAS)

 

We would like to thank all the institutes that applied to be part of our team and we are very happy to welcome on board the ten institutions mentioned above, together with which we will broaden our German-Colombian academic cooperation network through CAPAZ.

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Welcome 2019!

Concepción, Antioquia. Photo: Claudia Maya

Dear friends of CAPAZ:

The year 2018 was fundamental to Colombia’s peace process. The parliamentary and presidential elections brought forth intense debates on the country’s future and that of the peace process. We witnessed important advances in terms of the implementation of the Final Agreement such as the establishment of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and the Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition Commission, but we also saw that great obstacles have to be overcome in our task of peacebuilding. The lack of safety for human rights defenders and social leaders, and news about massacres and forced displacement are a bloody reminder that peace has, unfortunately, not yet reached the country’s every corner. At the CAPAZ Institute, we are convinced that academia, together with different social and political actors has a lot to offer to successful peacebuilding. To support this work, we have created spaces of debate and critical reflection with a number of civil society partners in different parts of the country to present and discuss the research advances, and the different proposals through which we can strengthen peacebuilding. In the hope that you all enjoyed your holidays and that 2019 is a more peaceful year with many spaces of contribution to reconciliation and peacebuilding, I wish you all a prosperous new year.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters

CAPAZ Institute Academic Director

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POSITIVE OUTCOME OF THE CAPAZ INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES IN BUCARAMANGA, PASTO, AND MEDELLÍN

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ is strengthening its presence in a number of Colombian regions in order to organise, with its counterparties, spaces that facilitate the projection and visibilisation of the academic and practical work carried out in these regions on the subject of peace.

In November 2018, CAPAZ ran three free entry international conferences in Bucaramanga, Pasto, and Medellín.

We are pleased to share the impressions regarding the academic sessions in these cities, whose shared thematic axis involved some aspects of transitional justice revised from the regions.

Professor Yvonne Suárez (on the right) explained the work of AMOVI. / Photo: AMOVI

Universidad Industrial de Santander, AMOVI, and CAPAZ enable dialogue between the country’s regions

On November 6 and 7, 2018, Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), supported by the Victims’ Oral Memory Archive (AMOVI) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Colombia, hosted the International CAPAZ Conference entitled: “Memory, reconciliation, and peacebuilding in the territories: Santander in dialogue with Colombia”.

The event brought together researchers and representatives from civil society organizations in the country’s different regions (Caribbean coast, the Southern Pacífico, Magdalena Medio, Norte de Santander, and Catatumbo, among others) around two main axes:  the role of memory in reconciliation and the importance of aspects related to the environment in territorial peace.

The voices present also considered the interests of the indigenous populations grouped within the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and the Major Government of the Traditional Indigenous Authorities of Colombia (Gobierno Mayor); those of the Afro-Colombian communities that take part in the Black Communities Process in Colombia (PCN); and long-standing peasant associations such as the Valle del Río Peasant Association (Cimitarra).

You can watch: CAPAZ Conference at UIS (Informativo UIS, in Spanish)

The International Conference also offered the possibility for participants to discuss the work of two of the transitional justice instruments: the Truth Commission (CEV) and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). They also discussed the possible contributions that civil society organizations can make based on their research, the gender approaches contained in their mandate, and the scope and limitations of the CEV in the current political context.

CAPAZ’ Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, during his lecture in Pasto. / Photo: CIESJU

Diversity in the CAPAZ International Conference in Pasto

The Universidad de Nariño in Pasto served as the venue for the CAPAZ International Conference “Transitional Justice and Territorial Peace: Perspectives from South-western Colombia” on November 15 and 16, 2018.

From different thematic approaches and perspectives (ethnic, territorial, international, and cultural), expert speakers analysed the problems and challenges of peacebuilding in some of the departments in south-western Colombia such as Cauca and Nariño.

The academic review was complemented by perspectives and criticisms set out by representatives of the indigenous communities that inhabit the region such as the Awá e Inga, and from the grassroots social processes such as the Asociación de Mujeres Cacaoteras and the Afro-Colombian communities.

The sessions in Pasto, Nariño, gave participants a chance to hear about, reflect on, understand, and discuss the specific dynamics and challenges of territorial peace in south-western Colombia. These problems are not only related to the current conjunctural moment, but also to structural factors such as inequality, social injustice, and the region’s economic development model.

A big number of participants at the CAPAZ Conference at  UdeA. / Photo: Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas UdeA

CAPAZ at Universidad de Antioquia

The CAPAZ international conference in Medellín “The Rights of the Victims in Transitional Justice”, which took place on November 20, 2018, set out an agenda focusing on the analysis of expectations, realities, and challenges implied by the satisfaction of the rights of the victims of the conflict. The Conference was organized with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme.

This analysis was carried out based on the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-repetition, and on the points and mechanisms set out in the Final Agreement between the government and the demobilised FARC guerrilla.

The analysis also included an examination of crucial topics related to the rights of the victims from a gender approach and a territorial approach, which allowed an identification of the victims’ current unconformities and concerns, and a recognition that we have a long path ahead of us in terms of challenging the structural causes of gender-based violence and impunity.

You may be interested: El Gobierno no les ha cumplido a las víctimas (UdeA Noticias, in Spanish)

From a critical perspective, the discussions reviewed shortcomings, gaps, and advances in the experiences of transitional justice with respect to the victims, not just in Colombia with the Justice and Peace Law, but also in countries like Argentina and Peru.

(From left to right): Prof. Luquegi Gil (UdeA), Juliette Vargas (CAPAZ/CEDPAL), Prof. Gabriel Ignacio Gómez (UdeA) and former Minister and Prof. Yesid Reyes (U. Externado) participated in one panel in Medellín. / Photo: Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas UdeA

A diverse audience took part in the session at Universidad de Antioquia:  students, professors, intellectuals, and even direct victims of the conflict. On the one hand, the victims present were able to express their frustrations with respect to what has been offered so far by the institutions. On the other, in the academic session, they found a space in which they could understand the possibilities in terms of the victims’ rights set out in the Final Agreement, in aspects that are still pending implementation.

CAPAZ wishes to thank those who attended the conference, the speakers, and institutions and people that supported the organisation of the events:

In Bucaramanga: Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), AMOVI (ascribed to the UIS).

In Pasto: Universidad de Nariño (UDENAR), CIESJU (ascribed to UDENAR), Organización La Minga, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia Pasto campus, ICTJ in Colombia.

In Medellín: Universidad de Antioquia (School of law and political science and the Office of international relations).

Of German cooperation in Colombia: the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme.

 

Further information: eventos@instituto-capaz.org

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INSTITUTO CAPAZ TRADEMARK

The German-Colombian Peace Institute  – CAPAZ is pleased to inform that the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce has successfully registered the Institute’s trademark.

All CAPAZ activities are now covered by current Colombian legislation and in accordance with issue No. 11 of the International Nice Classification for trademark registration.

The recognition of The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ trademark, its events, and publications, among other activities is a further step towards administrative and institutional consolidation in this first phase of CAPAZ.

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First CAPAZ Conference for Young Researchers in Colombia

The first CAPAZ Conference for young researchers will take place on December 3 and 4, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Universidad del Rosario (Room 702, Building 2, Calle 12C # 6-25 Sede Claustro) in Bogota, Colombia.

This congress will bring together 16 Colombian and German MA and PhD students, who are researching on relevant issues to the peace process in Colombia in the following areas:

  1. a) Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  2. b) Studies of Memory, Truth Commissions, Social Inequalities

After presenting their work at the Conference, the students will receive comments from Colombian and international professors and experts in the thematic areas. They will also participate as lecturers in the event.

The admission is free of charge and a previous register is not required.

We invite interested people to attend the Conference and to know the current advances of research projects on the implementation of peace in Colombia, from the work of young academics.

Read the conference’s programme (in Spanish).

Further information and contact: eventos@instituto-capaz.org

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