5 April – Colombia, will the peace last?

On the 24th of November 2016, the second version of the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was ratified in congress after 60 years of violent conflict. The success of the peace negotiations received worldwide attention and President Juan Manuel Santos was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

In 2018, FARC participated as a political party for the first time in elections and the implementation of the peace agreement is underway. At the same time, violence against human rights defenders is increasing and the country still has to deal with land reform, displaced people, replacing illegal drug cultivation and suppressing arms trade that could be obstacles to sustainable peace. Will Colombia once more succumb to threats of continuous violence or will the peace last?
___________________________________________

Karin Olofsson is the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons, a global movement dedicated to arms control and violence prevention. She has previously held the position of Responsible Officer for Peace and Security at the Swedish Embassy in Colombia and has vast experience of working with peace and security in Latin America.

This lecture will be held in English.

Date: 2017-04-05
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Place: Lecture halls 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.

In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.