The U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a forum on human rights in Colombia. This session was held in coordination with the Latin America Working Group Education Fund and Peace Brigades International.


This event is part of a series of conversations known as the Colombia Peace Forum (CFP). The CPF, established following the launch of Colombia's peace process, brings together government, non-governmental, and diplomatic sectors to discuss themes related to peace and the internal armed conflict in Colombia, as well as related U.S. foreign policy issues.

The program brought together Colombian human rights advocates who are in Washington, D.C. for the meetings of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States. We asked our colleagues to reflect on the peace process and the challenges and opportunities it presents for human rights and those who advocate for them.


Liliana Avila
Inter-Church Commission of Justice and Peace/
Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz

Franklin Castañeda
Political Prisoners' Solidarity Committee/
Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Políticos (CSPP)

Alejandro Malambo
Colombian Commission of Jurists/
Comisión Colombiana de Juristas

Luz Marina Monzón
To Begin Again/

Jomary Ortegón
José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective Corporation/
Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCAJAR)

George Lopez, Welcoming Remarks
Vice President, Academy for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

Virginia M. Bouvier, Moderator
Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives on Latin America, U.S. Institute of Peace

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