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Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Colombia Transitioning from Violence

Edited By Fabio Andres Diaz Pabon Copyright 2018
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The signing of the peace agreements between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government in late November 2016 has generated new prospects for peace in Colombia, opening the possibility of redressing the harm inflicted on Colombians by Colombians.

    Talking about peace and transitional justice requires us to think about how to operationalize peace agreements to promote justice and coexistence for peace. This volume brings together reflections by Colombian academics and practitioners alongside pieces provided by researchers and practitioners in other countries where transitional justice initiatives have taken place (Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Peru). This volume has been written in the south, by the south, for the south.

    The book engages with the challenges ahead for the coming generations of Colombians. Rivers of ink have dealt with the end goals of transitional justice, but victims require us to take the quest for human rights beyond the normative realm of theorizing justice and into the practical realm of engaging how to implement justice initiatives.

    The tension between theory—the legislative frameworks guaranteeing human rights—and practice—the realization of these ideas—will frame Colombia’s success (or failure) in consolidating the implementation of the peace agreements with the FARC-EP.

    1 Transitional Justice and the ‘Colombian peace process’ Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón; Part I: The Quest for Peace; 2 Conflict and peace in the making: Colombia from 1948-2010 Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón; 3 The peace process with the FARC-EP Carlo Nasi; 4 The emergence and consolidation of transitional justice within the realm of Colombian peacebuilding Marco Alberto Velásquez Ruiz; 5 The Transitional Justice Framework agreed between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP Camila de Gamboa Tapias and Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón; Part II: The Challenges; 6 From transitional justice to post-agreement rural reform: many obstacles and a long way to go Rocío del Pilar Peña Huertas; 7 Creole Radical Feminist Transitional Justice: An exploration of Colombian feminism in the context of armed conflict Lina M. Céspedes-Báez; 8 From Combatants’ Boots: Reincorporation and Reconciliation Diana Acosta Navas and Carlos Felipe Reyes; 9 Historical Memory as Symbolic Reparation: Limitations and Opportunities of Peace Infrastructures as Institutional Designs Eliana Jimeno; 10 Enhancing reconciliation in the Colombian Truth Commission by embracing psychosocial tasks Natalia Tejada V.; 11 Transmission in times of transition: Intergenerational approaches to Colombia’s violent past and present Ariel Sánchez Meertens; Part III: The Lessons; 12 Rethinking the Colombian transition to peace through the South African experience Jerónimo Delgado Caicedo and Juliana Andrea Guzmán Cárdenas; 13 Transitional Justice in Peru: Lessons for Colombia Jemima García-Godos; 14 Bosnia and Herzegovina: The challenges and complexities of transitional justice Louis Francis Monroy-Santander; 15 The quest for justice in post-war Sri Lanka Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits; 16 A long walk for justice Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón


    Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón is a Colombian political scientist. He is a Research Associate at the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa and a Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Fabio works at the intersection between theory and practice, and his research interests are related to state strength, civil war, conflict and protests in the midst of globalization. In addition to his academic publications, his analysis has been published by Al Jazeera, Time, The Conversation, Los Angeles Times, and Warscapes, among others.