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The Struggle for the Law

The objective of law is to bring peace, but the way to get there is through struggle.
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Coalition Report UN Resolution 1325 on Peace and Democracy in Colombia

Since 2011, Coalition 1325 has drafted a report on UN Security Council´s Resolution 1325 monitoring the implementation of the Resolution in Colombia. This year, given the peace dialogues between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, this report is especially important because Resolution 1325 calls upon signatory states to include women in peace processes and post conflict scenarios, and to guarantee the rights of the women victims of armed conflict.
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In Search of a United, Yet Institutionalized Left

Ivan Cepeda’s proposal of creating a broad alliance with a presidential candidate and a roster of congressional candidates is the Left´s best bet, not only for it’s future, but for the country.
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Land Reform in Colombia: One step Forward Two Steps Back

Land reform in Colombia, while politically sensitive, is necessary to stabilize the country and end a violent conflict that has plagued Colombians for more than half a century. Colombia’s internal fighting has deprived millions of their land and livelihood. Adopted in June 2011, Colombia’s Victims and Land Restitution Law, also known as Law 1448, is an important advance in providing restitution for those displaced by the conflict.
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The Missing Persons of the Palace of Justice and the IACHR

It is contradictory for the Government to accept responsibility before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) for two of the disappearances at the Palace of Justice and for the torture of two of the detainees, but then try to minimize its responsibility with regard to the other nine missing persons or the execution of Clerk Urán, by saying that what happened was a merely a governmental failure, but not a disappearance or execution.
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Injustices and Wars

Injustices cause wars but wars, in turn, also cause injustices. In Colombia, for example, injustice derives from the high inequality in agrarian land ownership, which was used by the guerrillas as a justification for their armed uprising.
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The Government’s Legal Arguments in the Palace of Justice Case Re-victimizes the Victims

The government’s legal defense in the Palace of Justice case took an important turn toward decency when the lawyer Nieto Loaiza was taken off the case.
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Farc’s option is justice

Though it seems counterintuitive, the best available political strategy for Farc is to defend a peace agreement that includes justice measures.
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The indecision that mines restitution

While the agrarian policies allow the land concentration to continue, the efforts of achieving restitution will be insignificant and they can be counterproductive.
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