The role of the Truth Commission in the post-conflict

The IV Seminar on "Transitional Constitutionalism. The system of truth, justice, reparation, and non-recurrence," organized by the Observatory for Implementation of the Peace Agreements and the Constitutional Law Department Masters in Transitional Justice Program, was the stage of an interesting debate.

Federico Andreu-Guzmán, transitional justice expert, and Marie Harté, Externado professor-researcher, presented their research on the role the Truth Commission should take into account during the post-conflict processes.

For Marie Harté, building a grand story between victims and third parties, and defining what it means to “dignify” is greatly important in work facing the Commission, as well as determining dissemination and communication strategies to strengthen spaces among territories.

For his part, Federico Andreu-Guzmán pointed out the Truth Commission must advise victims and, above all, the State, on reparation and non-recurrence. Andreu-Guzman spoke about the role of the Colombian armed forces and mentioned that at the time, it was the internal definition of the enemy, which, according to the expert, included union members, activists, and Human Rights advocates. All of this with the purpose of highlighting the practices that should be discontinued to achieve a successful end to the conflict.

This is the fourth Seminar on this issue organized the Observatory for Implementation of the Peace Agreements and the Masters in Transitional Justice Program.