United States Institute of Peace, Colombia Forum, September 30th

Historical Memory and Transitional Justice in Colombia



Historical Memory and Transitional Justice in Colombia

Forum Examines Key Report on Colombia’s War
In the past year of peace talks, the Colombian government and the FARC have been negotiating how to address rights of the victims to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-repetition. The parties recently created a working group on transitional justice, and have made progress on these complex issues. The next event in USIP’s Colombia Peace Forum series, on September 30, will analyze the role of historical memory in relation to these transitional justice issues. This has been one of the most difficult areas of negotiations.

Authors of Basta Ya! Colombia:  Memories of War and Dignity, produced by Colombia’s National Center for Historical Memory, will present their findings for the first time to a U.S. audience. Joined by academics and practitioners, they will examine lessons from this initiative that might contribute to the design and implementation of the national truth commission currently being crafted as part of the peace process in Havana.

The event will be co-sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Center for Transitional Justice and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The discussions will take place in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in both languages. The event will be streamed live without interpretation; webcasts will be posted later in both languages.

To participate via Twitter, use the hashtag #ColombiaPeaceForum.


  • Virginia M. Bouvier
    Senior Advisor on Latin America Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • David Tolbert
    President, International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Juan Méndez
    Washington College of Law, American University, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Kimberly Theidon
    Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Cynthia Arnson
    Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Lisa Laplante
    Associate Professor of Law, New England Law, and Director, Center for International Law and Policy
  • Alejo Vargas
    Associate Professor, Universidad Nacional- Colombia
  • Adam Isacson 
    Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America
  • Andrés Suárez
    Lead Researcher, National Center for Historical Memory
  • Martha Nubia Bello
    Lead Researcher, National Center for Historical Memory, and Director, National Museum of Memory, Center for Historical Memory
  • Anthony Wanis- St. John
    Associate Professor, American University
  • David Crocker
    Senior Research Scholar, University of Maryland- College Park
  • Elizabeth “Lili” Cole
    Senior Program Officer, Center for Applied Research on Conflict, U.S. Institute of Peace

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