There is a long road ahead, but peace in Colombia finally seems in reach. The peace process between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government is advancing, even when acts of violence have threatened to bring it to a screeching halt. Negotiations reached a watershed moment when the negotiators hosted a delegation of victims two weeks ago. Having been excluded from direct participation at the negotiating table up to this point, this historic delegation, featuring victims of all armed actors, brought a united message that the time for peace is now.
As members of the international community, we can help ensure this peace process continues by joining Colombia’s victims of violence in their quest for truth, justice, meaningful reparations, and guarantees that the brutal crimes of the past will not be repeated. Let’s show the negotiators that we are watching and stand with the victims!