Colombia

  • Goldmine in my backyard? Colombian community says no

    When the residents of a small town of Tolima department in Colombia, decided to vote whether they wanted a mega gold mining project in their backyard, first it did not mean much to the AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), a multinational company famous for its mega-projects. After a decade-long exploration phase,...
  • At a crossroads towards peace

    The use of referendums as part of a peace process is not the norm, but many states have done so to lend legitimacy to an agreement. For example, it was used to approve Spain’s draft constitution in 1978 marking the transition into democracy at the end of the Francoist...
  • Building peace in Colombia, one man at a time

    What is the first memory you have about living in a country at war? Every time I asked this question to my fellow Colombians, there is long pause. Then, memories started to emerge. The magnitude and scope of decades of conflict have affected each of us in different yet...
  • We need an international treaty on business and human rights

    Ever since business became part of the global human rights agenda in the 1970s, the question has never been if corporate activity should be controlled, but rather how and to what extent. The international approach for the past 40 years has been to incentivise businesses to incorporate human rights...
  • What Happens After Freedom?

    Recently, in mid-May 2016, the Colombian rebel group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC, announced that they would release children younger than 15, that had been fighting for them as child soldiers, as part of a deal that the group is about to sign with the government. The exact number...
  • Knowledge Carrying Donkeys

    The village La Gloria in Magdalena is in one of the rural areas of Colombia. It has faced poverty and conflict situations which have been the root cause of the inhabitants’ bad living conditions and their children’s deprivation of education. Fortunately, that has changed for the better over the...
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