Public Event cosponsored by the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Inter-American Dialogue

Colombia’s National Committee of Reparation and Reconciliation (CNRR) includes an investigative arm known as Historical Memory (MH). Historical Memory is charged with producing an account of the origins and evolution of Colombia’s internal armed conflict, giving special attention to the perspectives of victims. The team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines and is directed by historian Gonzalo Sánchez. MH’s work posits an essential link between the reconstruction of memory and democratic strengthening. In addition to producing a general narrative of violence—taking into account themes of gender, ethnicity, and political and social identities—MH is investigating several "emblematic cases," including the Trujillo massacre of 1990. The report on Trujillo is the first that MH has completed.

Speakers

  • Cynthia Arnson, Opening Remarks
    Director, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Gonzalo Sánchez
    Director, Memoria Histórica
  • Álvaro Camacho
    Research Coordinator, Trujillo Report
  • Verónica Gómez, Commentator
    OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Virginia M. Bouvier, Moderator, Closing Remarks
    Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
     
  • Michael Shifter, Moderator, Closing Remarks
    Vice President for Policy, Inter-American Dialogue

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