CAPAZ Director: an international voice in the Colombian Senate Peace Commission session
Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters attended the public hearing of the Colombian Senate’s Peace Commission on March 2, 2021. During the session, held in the Auditorium of Sucre City Hall in Sincelejo, senators discussed the upsurge of violence in the departments of Bolivar and Sucre. Inhabitants in general, representatives of social organisations defending human rights, the security forces, and voices from the international community expressed their concern about the current situation of insecurity and violence affecting Colombian communities, particularly in this region.
Support from academia, and specifically the scientific and research collaboration between Colombia and Germany, is crucial to the implementation of the 2016 peace agreements so as to analyse and propose alternatives as a way out of the violent actions. “It is precisely with this expertise from Colombia and other international experiences that we know that building peace is a must. Without it, economic well-being; social development; social justice; gender justice; respect for diversity; protection of the environment; a stronger democracy; and, above all, less suffering for the Colombian population, will never be possible”, asserted CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Professor Peters, during the hearing.
Read the press release on the Peace Commission’s public hearing at the Colombian Senate (in Spanish)
Watch the video recording of the Peace Commission’s public hearing (in Spanish)
(NW: Claudia Maya. English: Tiziana Laudato)