Is there Peace in Colombia?
International Caravana Report Launch
On 25 March, the report of the Sixth International Caravana of Jurists to Colombia will be launched in London. Ron Rosenhart, who joined the mission on behalf of Lawyers for Lawyers, will speak during the event.
The Sixth International Caravana of Jurists saw 20 international lawyers and human rights experts, from sixtcountries, travel to Colombia at the beginning of September 2018 shortly after the inauguration of President Iván Duque. At a time when the peace process hangs in the balance and violence escalating dramatically across Colombia, the delegation met with lawyers and judges working both within and outside state institutions and heard directly from victims and activists about the situations of risk which they face.
Since the signing of the Peace Agreement in November 2016, hundreds of human rights defenders have been killed and the UN has called for decisive action to stem the tide of violence enveloping many regions. Colombian’s official state Ombudsman has reported that a human rights defender is killed every three days.
Registration to the event is free and copies of the report will be available at the launch.
Panel discussion and Q&A featuring:
Reinaldo Villalba, José Alveár Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (video pre-record from Colombia)
Charlotte Gill, Colombian Caravana (UK)
Valeria Verdolini PhD, University of Milan (Italy)
Ron Rosenhart, Lawyers for Lawyers (Netherlands)
Chaired by Professor Sara Chandler, QC (Hon), founder and trustee of the Colombian Caravana, member of Law Society Human Rights Committee, and immediate past President of the FBE
Date And Time: Monday 25 March 2019, 18:00 – 21:00 GMT.
Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL, United Kingdom
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