Seeking Truth in Polarized Times: The Challenges of Colombia’s Truth Commission


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Almost two years ago, the Colombian government signed a historic peace accord with the FARC guerrillas, ending half a century of conflict that took over 200,000 lives. As part of the agreement, Colombia created a Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-repetition charged with investigating and clarifying major human rights violations as well as shedding light on other aspects of the conflict. The Truth Commission began its work in April 2017 under the leadership of Francisco de Roux, S.J, a longstanding advocate for peace and human rights in Colombia. But with Colombians deeply divided over the peace deal that created the Truth Commission and scars from the conflict still raw, Father de Roux’s commission will have to carry out its work while navigating the country’s polarized politics of memory.

To discuss the Truth Commission’s mandate, plans, and potential obstacles, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, is pleased to host Father de Roux for a conversation on “Seeking Truth in Polarized Times: The Challenges of Colombia’s Truth Commission.”

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Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Francisco de Roux

President, Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-repetition (@FranciscodeRoux)


Viviana Krsticevic

Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) (@mundopenelope)


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)

Benjamin Gedan

Senior Adviser, Latin American Program, Wilson Center (@benjamingedan)

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