FOR Celebrates Ten Years in Colombia with Political Forum and Cocktail in Bogota

Limited Ruling Paves Way for International Criminal Court

By Susana Pimiento

Aftermath of a Massacre

On June 5, the Antioquia State Court overturned the acquittal for four of ten Army officers in the case of the 2005 San José de Apartadó massacre and sentenced them to 34 years in prison. Though this ruling could be interpreted as a positive step in the struggle for justice, its limited scope has reaffirmed what the Peace Community has argued for years: that the Colombian judicial system is not willing to hold higher ranking officials accountable for their role in the massacre, but instead limits verdicts to lower ranking officers who were in the field when the massacre took place. In response, the Peace Community has officially requested that the United Nations International Criminal Court take the case.
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Giraffes and Dragons

 

Giraffes and DragonsTwo animals that accompany my presence in a war zone

By Elisabeth Rohrmoser

It’s not that I don’t like animals. I don’t like to share my personal life with them: my house, my food, my body. Accompanying a rural community in Colombia not only means living in close contact with my beloved neighbors. It has the side effect of living very close to their beloved animals. As my main activity here is to create space for campesinos in resistance, I have learned how to give space to animals. For example, by letting our cat have her kitties in my room, by trusting the horse I’m riding that it won’t throw me off in the mud, and by accepting that spiders watch me shower.
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FOR Celebrates Ten Years in Colombia with Political Forum and Cocktail in Bogota

By FOR Colombia

by Gina Spigarelli

1025FOR team members with Colombian human rights defendersWhen we began to think about how we wanted to celebrate ten years of FOR’s accompaniment program in Colombia, it was clear from all perspectives that we did not just want to have a “celebration” of our great work here since 2002. We didn’t want to present ourselves as protagonists in the struggle for peace in Colombia, but rather highlight the brave Colombians who spend their lives defending human rights in this country. We wanted to demonstrate that our work here is still necessary, that international protective accompaniment still makes sense and is necessary to protect the lives of human rights workers within the context of the current Santos administration. That even though ten years have passed since we arrived in country, and a lot of great work has been done… there is still a long way to go for human rights in Colombia.
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Giraffes and Dragons

By FOR Colombia
Monday, June 25, 2012, 6:19am

Giraffes and Dragons

Two animals that accompany my presence in a war zone

By Elisabeth Rohrmoser

It’s not that I don’t like animals. I don’t like to share my personal life with them: my house, my food, my body. Accompanying a rural community in Colombia not only means living in close contact with my beloved neighbors. It has the side effect of living very close to their beloved animals. As my main activity here is to create space for campesinos in resistance, I have learned how to give space to animals. For example, by letting our cat have her kitties in my room, by trusting the horse I’m riding that it won’t throw me off in the mud, and by accepting that spiders watch me shower.

Two animals have been important accompaniers for my accompaniment work: giraffes and dragons. They are connected to mind-frames that have shaped the way I approach every-day life as well as work-related projects: Rosenberg’s method of nonviolent communication and the integral project designing Dragon Dreaming that I was taught by John Croft. This is the story of how these concepts interlink with my time as an accompanier of the peace community in San José de Aparatadó.


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FOR Celebrates Ten Years in Colombia with Political Forum and Cocktail in Bogota

By FOR Colombia
Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:07pm

by Gina Spigarelli

1025FOR team members with Colombian human rights defendersWhen we began to think about how we wanted to celebrate ten years of FOR’s accompaniment program in Colombia, it was clear from all perspectives that we did not just want to have a “celebration” of our great work here since 2002. We didn’t want to present ourselves as protagonists in the struggle for peace in Colombia, but rather highlight the brave Colombians who spend their lives defending human rights in this country. We wanted to demonstrate that our work here is still necessary, that international protective accompaniment still makes sense and is necessary to protect the lives of human rights workers within the context of the current Santos administration. That even though ten years have passed since we arrived in country, and a lot of great work has been done… there is still a long way to go for human rights in Colombia.


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