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18:00 - 19:30 28 October 2014

The dangers of reclaiming land in Colombia: The experiences of Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas

Location

Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

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

Speaker information

Ms Yomaira Mendoza, Displaced communities leader
Mr Enrique Cabezas, Legal representative and community leader
Louise Winstanley, Program and Advocacy Manager, ABColombia

In 2011 the Colombian government passed the Victims and Land Restoration Law in order to grant reparations to the victims of the armed conflict and restore the land that the victims had been forcibly displaced from. In 2012, the Colombian Peace Process held in Cuba and headed by the Santos administration was initiated. In spite of the peace process, the situation remains extremely dangerous for community leaders involved in land restitution processes in Colombia. Following relentless persecution and threats, some of them have had to leave the region and the country. Two leaders who are currently living in exile - Yomaira Mendoza and Enrique Cabezas - are visiting the UK to share their experiences.


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


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