Since the 1980s, an armed conflict between the Colombian military, leftist rebels, and right-wing paramilitary groups has forcibly displaced tens of thousands of Colombians, resulting in one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world. Disproportionately affected by the conflict have been Colombia’s Afro-descendant communities, most of whom live along the country’s western coast. As the Colombian government and FARC rebels gather to discuss a longstanding peace, leaders must take steps to reintegrate displaced civilians within their traditional communities and safeguard their civil, political, and socioeconomic rights.
The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy
cordially invites you to a presentation entitled
“From Internal Displacement to Inclusive Democracy:
The Afro-Colombian Experience”
Marino Córdoba Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy
with comments by
Zakiya Carr Johnson
Director, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Inclusion Unit
U.S. Department of State
President, National Endowment for Democracy
In his presentation, Marino Córdoba will share his experiences as an Afro-Colombian community leader who was displaced multiple times and who has led numerous campaigns over the past decade advocating for the civil and collective land rights of Colombia’s Afro-descendant peoples. He will also share his ideas on how best to integrate Afro-Colombians and deepen their participation in Colombia’s post-conflict democracy. In sharing his story, Mr. Córdoba hopes to foster a broader understanding of the challenges faced by displaced Afro-Colombians and how to overcome them, suggesting lessons for other Afro-descendant communities in the region. His presentation will be followed by comments from Zakiya Carr-Johnson.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:00–4:30 p.m. 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone: 202-378-9675
RSVP (acceptances only) with name and affiliation by Thursday, September 18 at https://integratingafrodescendantsincolombia.eventbrite.com.
Livestream of the event will be available here.
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