About

Date:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
7:30am - 5:30pm

Location:

AR Centro de Convenciones: Torre AR Calle 113 No. 7-80
Bogotá, Colombia

Organizers:

  • The Organization of American States’ Support Mission for the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP-OEA)
  • The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Colombia Program, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Project: “Technical assistance, advocacy and public debate for the guarantee and respect of Colombian victims’ rights”
  • Support project for Colombia’s peace process in the context of the Justice and Peace Law, an example of transitional justice (ProFis), supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Relations, administered by the International Cooperation Agency (GIZ)

Participants:

Open to the public with advance registration: NGO, government, academics, students, justice sector, and international organizations.

Methodology:

The conference will be divided into four sessions: the first, which will be held in the morning, will examine experiences in selection and prioritization using the comparative experiences of special prosecution efforts.

The second will address the opportunities and challenges of a selection and prioritization scheme for perpetrators and crimes in Colombia. It will also identify the challenges that the current processes face in the prosecution of international crimes in Colombia.

The third session will use break-out groups to discuss comparative experiences in investigation and prosecution of international crimes (with examples from Argentina, Guatemala, and Germany).

The fourth session will be a discussion panel in which panelists will discuss the following questions:

  • Is it possible to identify best practices in the comparative experiences that can apply to Colombia?
  • Is it possible and effective in Colombia to use a strategy of selection and prioritization in cases that prosecute international crimes?
  • Would this require reforms at the legislative, executive or judicial level? Would it be applicable only to the Justice and Peace process? Can this be attained in the regular justice system?

Objective:

To create space for political and technical discussion about ways to use selection and prioritization of cases to add to the prosecution of crimes in cases of gross violations of human rights and grave breaches of human rights. The conference will put emphasis on the development of the Justice and Peace Process (Law 975 of 2005), using international experience in these themes as a reference.

Registration:

To register, or for more information, contact:

Profis at co.profis@giz.de or on Tel: +(57 1) 743 0264 / 0499. Ext 213 and 201

ICTJ at bogota@ictj.org or on Tel: +(57 1) 345 0046 Ext 101