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César Torres and Kimberly Inksater | Building Peace with Justice in Colombia

César Torres and Kimberly Inksater | Building Peace with Justice in Colombia

After almost 60 years of war, Colombia may be on the verge of peace. On November 2012, the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) began formal peace talks. The parties have advanced in four of the five main points on the agenda and have set for themselves a deadline of 23 March 2016 to reach a final agreement. Talks with the smaller remaining guerrilla group ELN (National Liberation Army) have also advanced and negotiations may start soon. What is the content of the agreements being negotiated with FARC, particularly on transitional justice issues (e.g. compensating victims of human rights violations and addressing the impunity of violators)? What are the prospects for their implementation, given the history of Colombia past peace processes? How could Canada contribute to peace with justice in Colombia?