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    Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

As Colombia enters its most important electoral cycle in recent history, right-wing proposals for renewed militarisation are gaining ground on support for the peace process, while the left remains highly divided. In these extreme conditions, there exists a real danger that the peace process could be reversed, writes Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá).

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    Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia’s Truth Commission must break away from dominant ideas of ‘turning the page’ through a ritual of purification. It needs instead to adopt a transformative approach to transitional justice, truth commissions, and collective memory, as well as creating a broad-based ‘National Dialogue for Truth’ that goes beyond regulating the Commission and involves society as a whole, writes Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

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    ¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

En lugar de tratar a las mujeres como dependientes o inferiores, las reparaciones podrían reforzar la construcción de ciudadanía con perspectiva de género en el largo plazo. Hace falta cambiar su enfoque, escribe Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

La Comisión de Esclarecimiento de la Verdad debe romper con el esquema dominante que busca un ritual de purificación para ‘pasar la página’. Requiere una vocación transformadora de la justicia transicional, de las Comisiones de la Verdad y de la memoria, además de un Gran Diálogo Nacional por la Verdad que supere la reglamentación de la Comisión y que involucre a la sociedad […]

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    Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

With a change of approach, reparations could reinforce a long-term process of gendered citizenship-building instead of treating women as dependent and unequal victims, writes Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes  Nicolás Oviedo Dávila, winner of the 2017 LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre-Inter-American Development Bank Postgraduate Essay Prize.

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Differential health outcomes are driven by both structural and internalised forms of discrimination, so strategies targeting health disparities amongst Afro-Colombians must adopt an integrated approach, writes Maria Cecilia Dedios (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).

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    Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

La desmovilización de este grupo armado es una oportunidad que no debe perderse. Dados la salida de las FARC y el proceso de paz con el ELN, puede llevar presencia estatal a todo el país y concretar el camino hacia la paz, escriben Juan David Gélvez y Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).