UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met with the victims of the armed conflict and with the heads of the Comprehensive System for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition
On his first visit to Colombia, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway met with victims of the armed conflict from different regions of the country, together with the heads of the Comprehensive System for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition (SIVJRNR). The meeting was held at the Museum “Fragmentos”, where the counter-monument to peace conceived by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo is located, paying tribute to those who suffered most from the consequences of the armed conflict in Colombia.
Crown Prince Haakon discussed the achievements and challenges faced by the SIVJRNR institutions on transitional justice, the implementation of the Peace Agreement and reconciliation, based on the satisfaction of victim’s rights. During the meeting, participants reflected on the serious situation of threats and killings of social leaders and human rights’ defenders, and their effect on guarantees of non-repetition.
The Crown Prince was welcomed by the Minister of Culture, Carmen Inés Vázquez and the artist Doris Salcedo. They explained the work “Fragmentos”, operated by the National Museum, which was made with the molten weapons of the FARC-EP recast as tiles with the participation of women victims of the conflict.
A roundtable discussion followed with the participation of Patricia Linares, President of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace; Francisco de Roux, President of the Truth Commission; Luz Marina Monzón, Director of the Missing Persons Search Unit; Martín Santiago, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator; Pablo Ruiz, UNDP Resident Representative a.i.; Camilo Umaña, victim of paramilitary violence and human rights’ defender; Víctor Manuel Cortez, victim of sexual violence in the district of Tumaco and human rights’ defender; Alexandra Valdez, leader of Women Weavers of Mampuján, national peace prize for their work in 2015 to recover and preserve the historical memory; Carmen Cecilia Torres, whose son disappeared in Cúcuta and works helping document cases of enforced disappearance in the region, and Elizabeth Pabón, a leader of the Catatumbo region.
His Royal Highness, Prince Haakon of Norway, expressed his admiration and support for the struggle of the victims, as well as for the work carried out by each of the three institutions that make up the SVJRNP, and discussed the challenges and opportunities for the fulfillment of their mandate, and the importance of unity of purpose to consolidate peace. He also underscored UNDP’s determined commitment to peacebuilding, supporting the efforts of state institutions and victim organizations.
The meeting adjourned with a symbolic act led by Gloria Gómez, director of Asfades, an organization that works with relatives of victims of missing persons, in which, together with Crown Prince Haakon, they gathered around candles and flowers in a heartfelt prayer for the victims that has left more than 50 years of conflict in the country.
Contacts: Carlos Rivera, Communications Peace Professional, UNDP in Colombia Carlos.firstname.lastname@example.org Cel: +57 315-795-1440. Carmen Morales, Communications Coordinator, UNDP in Colombia. Cel: +57 313 494-9805.