Presentation of the final report of the Colombian Truth Commission in Frankfurt am Main
On July 7, will be held in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), the official presentation of the Final Report of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV) of Colombia. The German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ), the Nodo Alemania, Kolko, Misereor and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) joined forces to support the CEV to this end. This is a public event open to people interested in the results of the CEV’s work. Simultaneous translation (Spanish-German) will be provided at the event.
The report will present what happened during more than 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia and reveal the patterns of violence occurred during that period. Based on the accounts of more than 20,000 people who provided their testimonies, the report will give voice to victims, members of the security forces, former combatants, businessmen and other civil society actors involved in the conflict. This document will contribute to the clarification of the truth, one of the basic pillars of the Final Agreement for the termination of the conflict and the construction of a stable and lasting peace, signed in November 2016 between the Government of Colombia and the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). It will also include recommendations for the non-repetition of a violent past that generated mistrust and desolation.
The report´s presentation in Frankfurt will take place at the Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt at 19:00 (German time). The event will be attended by Truth Commissioner Leyner Palacios, who will explain the impacts of the armed conflict on the Colombian ethnic groups. Additionally, Pilar Mendoza, member of the Nodo Alemania, will give an overview of the report from the perspective of exile. Opening remarks will be given by Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute and Daniela Montagut, CEV staff member. Prof. Dr. Jonas Wolff of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), a partner institution of the CAPAZ Institute, will moderate the discussion.
The report will be officially presented on June 28 in Colombia and subsequently disseminated in different regions of the country and the world with the support of civil society, academia and various international organisations. Some of the topics addressed by the report are: historical narrative of the conflict; violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; violence against women and LGBTQ+ population; impact of the armed conflict on ethnic groups; effects on children and adolescents; social fractures and mechanisms implemented by local communities to overcome violence; and exile and territorial dynamics of the conflict in different regions of Colombia.
Date and time: July 7th 2022 – 19h
Place: Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt (Großer Saal)
Address: Römerberg 9, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Understanding the Final Report of the Truth Commission:
- Colombian Truth Commission (Summary Report)
- How the Final Report was built (Video)
- Road to the Report (Newsletter)
- What is the Truth Commission’s transmedia (Video) (english version):Explanation of the digital platform that will host the Final Report.
Stefan Peters – Academic Director of the CAPAZ Institute – firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Nupia – Administrative Director of the CAPAZ Institute – email@example.com