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17:30 - 19:00 24 March 2014

Spaces of humanitarian resistance: Community neutrality in the Colombian conflict


Room 101 | Development Planning Unit (link Map)
34 Tavistock Square | London | WC1H 9EZ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Mr German Graciano Posso, Legal representative, Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado
Mr Gildardo Tuberquia Usuga, Coordinator, The Eduardo Guerra Peace Hamlet

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó is a collective of over 500 peasant farmers in the Urabá region of North-West Colombia. The community has faced threats, displacement, and massacres due to its principled decision to declare itself as neutral in the midst of war. Since its formation in 1997, over 200 farmers from the region have been murdered. With many economic interests in their lands and the continued presence of illegal armed groups, the community remains in grave danger, and remaining on their land is a daily struggle.

German Graciano Posso and Gildardo Tuberquia Usuga will share experiences of peaceful resistance against the odds, drawing on their use of international human rights law and the collective resilience of pursuing and promoting their way of life.

The event is co-hosted by The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL Institute of the Americas, Peace Brigades International UK, and UCL Colombian Society.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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