24 November 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the Colombian peace agreement.
Since 2016, thousands FARC-EP ex-combatants have laid down their arms and numerous institutions have been established to implement what has been called one of the most sophisticated peace agreements to date. Yet, violence is pervasive in many, primarily rural, communities, both in the form of FARC dissidents and other violent and criminal groups. In more urban areas, the last year was marked by massive demonstrations against the government, and in part also against the slow implementation of the peace agreement.
In this seminar we take stock of where Colombia stands today, five years after the peace accord was signed.
- What do people in the conflict-affected regions think about the implementation of the peace accord?
- How do people experience the policies initiated to pursue truth and justice in their communities?
- What is the status of the reincorporation of former FARC soldiers into society?
- And, in sum, what are the prospects of the peace process preventing another cycle of violence in Colombia?