After more than a half a century conflict in Colombia, in 2016 a Peace Agreement was signed by the government and the FARC, the largest guerrilla group in the country. The agreement includes addressing the underlying causes of the conflict (such as poverty, marginalization, insecurity, and impunity), as well as a comprehensive system of transitional justice, aimed at fulfilling the rights of nearly 8 million Colombian victims to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition.
PAX currently develops initiatives to support victims of the armed conflict and their organizations in three specific regions of the Cesar, Meta and Cauca departments. Specifically, PAX works on topics such as land restitution, collective reparations, enforced disappearance, and promoting dialogue for reconciliation. In doing so, PAX has established partnerships with both the Truth Commission and the Peace Tribunal (Special Jurisdiction Peace).
Nationally: promoting victims participation in transitional justice
PAX has signed MoU's with the Truth Commission and the Peace Tribunal, two mechanisms of the transitional justice system that resulted from the Peace Agreement. Via these commitments we seek to promote the participation of victims in transitional justice processes, by accompanying victims and their organizations in their engagements with these institutions. PAX advocates for the participation of victims in truth finding and restorative justice.
Locally: support and capacity building
PAX supports local communities and victims’ organizations in their search for reconciliation dialogues, truth finding, reparations, and with capacity building and legal and psychosocial accompaniment.