A National Peace Congress will be held in Bogota, Colombia from April 19-22. The event is called by the Peoples’ Congress and a big coalition of social movements and organizations. The initiative aims to come up with a collective peace proposal that includes converging local and regional social views and initiatives. It aims to build a social agenda focused on important community issues, such as the strengthening of a social movement for peace from the grassroots and doing advocacy work at a regional and national level.
Real World Radio is doing a special coverage of the lead-up to the National Peace Congress in Colombia, which comprises different regional congresses. It is widely known that Colombia has suffered a social and armed conflict for over 50 years. Today, there are many different peace-building proposals that understand peace as a permanent process involving all the sectors of Colombia, including social movements and organizations, as an alternative to the bilateral talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and Juan Manuel Santos’s administration, which are mainly focused on the armed conflict.
Last weekend, in Havana, the first series of agreements between the insurgent guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government was agreed in the framework of the dialogues that have been taking place in the Cuban capital for several months and that is linked with the agrarian issue. Read more
The National Peace Talks took place in a packed auditorium at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogota prior to a new day of mobilization in the city as the closing event of the Peace Congress that took place from April 19 to 22. Read more
The beginning of the Peace Congress in the Colombian capital, Bogota, from April 19 to 22, filled Leon de Grieff’s auditorium at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia, the country’s biggest university. Over 15,000 people met there to talk about the proposals of the organized society for four days. Read more
Different regions and social sectors as well as international delegates participated on the first day of the National Peace Congress at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia. The event aims to include more voices in the peace talks in Colombia. Read more
A few days after the National Peace Congress held in Colombia, the 10th International Meeting of Intellectual, Artists and Social Activists Networks in Defense of Humanity held in Caracas, Venezuela recognized the contribution of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to the peace process in Colombia. Read more
The social and armed conflict that has hit Colombia for the past five decades, has mainly affected the country’s rural population. The consequences of the conflict have spread among society. Indigenous communities have suffered structural violence. Read more
The Black Communities Process (PCN) is a network of Afro-descendant organizations of Colombia created in the 90s to enable a national process to defend territorial, ethnic and cultural rights. Read more
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