The Ethnic People’s – Global Network project arises from ongoing efforts of the Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights and the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA- for it Spanish acronym) related to the development and implementation of the Ethnic Chapter of the Colombian Peace Accords, signed in 2016. The Global Network developed out of collaborations across multiple sectors and countries, with members working towards raising visibility at the global level about, and accompanying the work related to, the implementation of the Ethnic Chapter.
This initiative brings together participants from 12 universities, 3 research institutes, and diverse human rights and civil society groups in Canada, Colombia, the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Together with 12 Indigenous and Afro-descendant grassroots member organization of the national Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights, the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (Conpa), as well as Commissioners and members of the Colombian Commission for Clarification of Truth, Coexistence, and Non-Repetition, a proposal came together with funding from Canadian unions (NAME) as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – Connections Grant program.
[According to XXXX] Less than 10% of commitments made in the Ethnic Chapter have been achieved. As a result, ethnic peoples are persistently victimized and at risk, which has only worsened within the context of the global pandemic. Indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations, leaders, communities, and notably women continue to assert efforts for peace, including demanding the meaningful implementation of the Ethnic Chapter and the full and integrated adoption of a Humanitarian Accord for conflict-affected communities in the post-accord period. As a result, ethnic peoples are persistently victimized and at risk [of violence, forced displacement, confinement and ongoing human rights violations in the “post accord” period – something largely off the radar of the global community].
Important to note is the particular differential perspectives that are embedded in the Ethnic Chapter, which recognizes the special character of Indigenous and Afro-descendant people within history, and within the Colombian Constitution of 1991. More than this, are visions of life, future and society that are groundbreaking in the realm of international peace accords, including approaches to women, gender, family and generation; territorial, cultural and political rights; interpretations of justice based on Indigenous and AfroColombian conceptions of land and life, among other core areas.
Of concern to many global activists, academics and others following the effective implementation of the peace accords and the Ethnic Chapter, is the role and responsibility of global actors in ensuring meaningful and lasting peace.
Goals and Objectives
To continue to develop this project we will be engaging new, emerging and established academics, leaders, advocates, allies and activists, to create international networks and facilitate the exchange of knowledge related to the Ethnic Chapter of the 2016 Colombian peace accords, currently in its implementation phase.
This multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary initiative builds on efforts of many of the affiliates involved in Colombia-related solidarity, advocacy and academic work over the past few years, especially since the signing of the 2016 peace accord. It initiated formally with a May 28 virtual panel event that highlighted issues facing Ethnic Peoples in the context of the pandemic. We are hoping to have regular virtual meetings to touch on proposed topics such as; a series of virtual forum activities and meetings arising from the efforts of participants in the thematic working groups. An effective advocacy plan or strategies on core issues such as the Humanitarian Accord Now campaign and the protection for leaders under threat A policy brief related to the state of the Ethnic Chapter that contemplates international considerations, as well as a collection of academic articles on this same topic.
We have been able to establish five thematic working groups that work on specific issues related to the implementation of The Ethnic Chapter.
Dr. Sheila Gruner (Principal investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant)
SSHRC Connections Grant 2020-2022