In the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó: “10 Years Later Justice Continues Favoring the Perpetrator”

Brígida

Brígida, a founding member of the Peace Community of San José Apartadó, Brígida has been building peace for over 25 years. One can almost always find her busy with her hands: creating artwork, sewing, or working in her garden. As a painter, her works recall the Community members lost in the conflict at the hands of armed groups. She was inspired to paint the experiences of the Peace Community after returning home from a visit to the United States, where she saw a picture entitled “The Meaning of Torture”, which reflected on what the artist had seen and experienced. So she began to paint the history of the Community. “Let’s not let the light go out” Despite the recent peace agreements, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó continues to face threats from armed neoparamilitary groups, as well as other stigmatizing comments. The hundreds of crimes and human rights …
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Happy Holidays

Over the last year, Colombia has changed in significant ways. After sealing a peace deal with the FARC in November 2016, the implementation of the agreements has begun. For the first time, this year the country can celebrate Christmas without their presence as a guerrilla army. Colombia is most surely at a turning point. During this month of December, we wish to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding and reconciliation reflected in our own reality – our day-to-day work with communities and human rights defenders on the ground. As we approach the end of our 15th year in Colombia, we are proud to continue our accompaniments in San José de Apartadó and across the country. We see the best of Colombia and Colombians in the most challenging of circumstances. Please make your tax-deductable donation today and help us secure our work into 2018.           …
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In the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó: “10 Years Later Justice Continues Favoring the Perpetrator”

para español, haz click aquí 10 Years Later Justice Continues Favoring the Perpetrator Published by dhColombia (Network of Colombian Human Rights Defenders – Red de defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos de Colombia) “On February 21 2005, in the villages of La Resbalosa and Mulatos (municipality of Apartadó) Luis Eduardo Guerra and his partner Beyanira Areiza were extrajudicially executed along with his son Deyner Andrés Guerra Tuberquia (11 years old).” *Commemorative mural on page 1 by Brígida González, member of the Peace Community