Standing for Peace

Jesús Emilio Tuberquia is the former “Legal Representative” of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in northwest Colombia. In 1997 500 small-scale farmers founded the “Peace Community” after mass displacements throughout San Jose de Apartadó. They founded their community on principals of International Humanitarian Law, including the neutrality of the civil population to the armed conflict, a fierce commitment to non-violence, and collective work. Despite the Peace Agreement signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the FARC, the Peace Community continues to be threatened by successor groups to paramilitaries. These threats include the assassination attempt of the current legal representative German Graciano Posso on December 29, 2017.

The purpose of Mr. Tuberquia’s visit to Washington DC is to raise awareness of threats paramilitary groups pose- to the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in particular, and the civil population of Urabá more generally. They have seen a growth in paramilitary power despite the implementation of the Peace Agreement with that FARC in 2016. Peace Colombia aid package, as approved by the U.S Congress, includes language that demands careful scrutiny from the U.S to ensure that funds are used correctly. This includes that the Colombian Government takes effective action towards protecting human rights defenders and social leaders throughout the country. The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó urges U.S. Congress members to use these means to impel the Colombian Government to take serious action to dismantle paramilitary groups threatening communities.

This talk will be held in Spanish.




Justicia y paz en Colombia. Los desafíos del nuevo Congreso


El Colombian Studies Group, Columbia PorColombia y Latin American Students Association en SIPA invita cordialmente al conversatorio “Justicia y Paz en Colombia: Los Desafíos del Nuevo Congreso”, con la congresista electa Juanita Goebertus el próximo 13 de abril a las 3:00 PM.

Juanita Goebertus es abogada, politóloga, académica y más recientemente, elegida representante a la cámara por Bogotá para el período legislativo 2018 – 2022. Egresada de la Universidad de Los Andes, fue recipiente de una beca Fulbright para estudiar una maestría en derecho en la Universidad de Harvard. Fue asesora de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para la Paz y se desempeñó como Coordinadora de Justicia Transicional, jugando un papel clave en la construcción del Marco Jurídico para la Paz.

National, Local and Gender Contexts of Violence and Democracy


An interdisciplinary panel of scholars will discuss new forms of violence and democracy in Post-Peace Accord Colombia. Communities across rural and urban spaces are experiencing different conditions of social life that have led them to question traditional democratic values and practices. In this panel, led by Professor Patricia Tovar (John Jay College and GC-CUNY), we will discuss how both transformed political violence and contemporary democratic participation are reshaping the life of youth, women and grassroots activists.

Guests speakers

  • Patricia Tovar, John Jay College, CUNY
  • Max Yuri Gil Ramírez , National University of Colombia, Medellín
  • Leon Arreondo, West Chester University)

Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Room C203
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
(Between 34th and 35th Street)


Peace Accords and Transitional Justice in Colombia


We will hold a talk on transitional justice in Colombia with international panelists. These experts will participate through virtual means and will each give their perspective about the recently approved transitional justice law in Colombia. Given that this part of the Peace Agreements is the glue holding the entire process together, the CSG seeks to open a discussion among experts, students, and community member regarding the future of the peace accords reached in Havana with the FARC.


Juanita Goebertus, Institute for Integrated Transitions

Hobeth Martínez, DeJusticia

Camilo Vargas, Misión de Observación Electoral

Jomary Ortegón, Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo