Recent Event: Peace Accord Implementation from an Afro-Colombian Perspective
In February, Ariel Rosebal Palacios Angulo of the National Conference of Afro-Colombian Organizations (CNOA) / Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA) (with which ARC collaborates) joined a panel of experts to discuss implementation of Colombia’s 2016 Peace Accord. The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) summarized some critical issues in the event description: "The 2016 Peace Accord includes a hard-fought Ethnic Chapter with the aim of imbuing peace implementation with Afro-Colombian and indigenous considerations, grounding commitments of the accord in ethnic communities. However, out of the Chapter’s 13 stipulations, seven (54%) have not begun implementation, four (31%) have minimum implementation, and two (15%) have intermediate levels of implementation. The lack of political will from the Duque administration to implement the Ethnic Chapter is manifested in the lack of funding being allocated to the Ethnic Chapters verification entity, now unable to fulfill its duty. Afro-Colombian communities have seen the ground gained in representation through the Ethnic Chapter backslide, along with their population being slashed by 31% in the latest national census. Just as the armed conflict affected Afro-Colombians disproportionately, so does lackluster implementation." Meanwhile, media pieces including this article highlight the 'Staggering number' of human rights activists killed in Colombia, UN report (The Guardian January 14, 2020).