Newsletter/Boletín CAPAZ No. 7/06-2020
CAPAZ non-stop in the face of the pandemic
/ CAPAZ, sin pausa ante el coronavirus
Dear readers:

The CAPAZ Institute has welcomed the measures taken in Colombia to prevent and mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. In this issue of the CAPAZ institutional newsletter, we share the virtual events that we have organised and that have been well liked by the public, as well as the events in which the voices of CAPAZ have played a role. We have strengthened our digital presence with high quality audio-visual products and in-depth content, such as the web series on peace in times of COVID-19 and the content in our recently opened Instagram account. We have strengthened the collaboration with the universities belonging to the CAPAZ network and the institutions pertaining to the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, through research and academic work as part of our advisory services. We remain firm in consolidating ourselves as the German-Colombian network of cooperation concerning peace in Colombia and the issues that are on the agenda for academia, civil society, governments and international organisations. We hope that you will follow us, in virtual mode for now, in this endeavour. Enjoy reading this issue!
Save the date / Agéndese
Juliana González speaks at a virtual conference-workshop on feminist perspectives on peace and conflict studies

Juliana González Villamizar, the CAPAZ Scientific Collaborator, will speak at the event entitled “Work-in-progress-Workshop: Feminist Perspectives in Peace and Conflict Studies: intersectional approaches”, on June 16 and 17, 2020. She will address the opening panel on the second day on peace in transitional contexts with her presentation: “The Promise and Perils of Mainstreaming Intersectionality in the Colombian Peace Process”. Further information

Facebook Live: the German Node on psychosocial work in peacebuilding in Colombia

What is the psychosocial approach and why is it important in peacebuilding in Colombia? What are the challenges of psychosocial work with Colombians living abroad? What are our forms of emotional caregiving, coping and resistance? In the next Facebook Live from the German Node, a support group for the Colombian Truth Commission, those interested and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss these questions with the German Node’s psychosocial team. The virtual meeting will take place on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 18:30 (CET) – 11:30 (Colombia). Further information

CAPAZ Web series on peace in times of COVID-19
On April 21, 2020, CAPAZ launched its web series entitled: “La paz ahora más que nunca” (Peace, now more than ever), a current audio-visual report on the implementation of peace in Colombia in times of COVID-19. Each episode analyses challenges and advances in peacebuilding in the midst of the health emergency, with guest voices from academia, civil society, and peace institutions. Follow the series on our
YouTube channel.
Testimonies from Germany to the Colombian Truth Commission

The Colombian Truth Commission intends to collect testimonies from victims, witnesses, and other people who know about the events during the armed conflict and who live outside of Colombia until July 31, 2020. CAPAZ has been accompanying this process in Germany since February 2020. Visit the
website sponsored by CAPAZ of the European Support Nodes or contact us for more information at
Call for applications / Convocatoria
Call for two research projects to support the Truth Commission

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – Instituto CAPAZ and the University of Göttingen’s CEDPAL, together with the German Federal Foreign Office (in German: Auswärtiges Amt) have signed an agreement to implement the project entitled: “Stabilisation of peace in Colombia through justice and truth”, whose general objective is to, through academics, strengthen the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition in Colombia. Accordingly, we would like to invite interested parties to submit applications for one of two research projects within the framework of the project mentioned above. Further information and terms of reference

CAPAZ Call to fund research projects
CAPAZ received around 46
proposals for research projects on peacebuilding in Colombia, to be conducted during the 2020-2021 period. The call was open until June 4, 2020. CAPAZ will select five projects and support them with a grant of up to five thousand euros each. The results will be announced in due course. Further information
CAPAZ close-up / CAPAZ de cerca
The German Government supports the Truth Commission through CAPAZ
At the end of February 2020, the German Ambassador in Colombia, Peter Ptassek; CAPAZ Academic Director, Stefan Peters; and Commissioner Carlos Beristain celebrated CAPAZ' reception of the funds provided by the German Federal Foreign Office, for the project designed to support the Truth Commission's work with the Colombian Diaspora in Germany
. More information (in German).
Advances made for the project with the JEP and the Truth Commission
Despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 crisis, CAPAZ is continuing its work with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace - JEP and the Truth Commission. The first versions of research studies conducted for the Commission have already been delivered; Luis Carlos Sánchez, who supports the work with the Commission, focused his research activity conducted together with the team from the Caribbean Macro-region.
Jana Keller, an intern from the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and Universidad del Rosario, joined the Gender Working Group. CAPAZ continues with its advisory services through universities, for the submission of reports to the JEP. Before this jurisdiction, two informed reflections have been made and more are in progress.
International CAPAZ Congress in Manizales postponed
CAPAZ has welcomed the recommendations and measures for the prevention and mitigation of COVID, and, as part of this effort, the Institute has postponed its International Congress, initially scheduled for the end of March 2020 in Manizales, Colombia.
Further information
Online CAPAZ Board of Directors meeting
The annual meeting of the CAPAZ Institute's governing body was held online in March 2020, with the participation of the representatives of the Colombian and German founding and associate members.
Indira Murillo at CAPAZ

Indira Murillo joined the team at CAPAZ in March 2020 as the Institute's Scientific Collaborator for the project entitled: “Stabilising Peace in Colombia through Justice and Truth”, run by CAPAZ and the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure-CEDPAL at the University of Göttingen. Indira is a lawyer with a Master of Laws Magister Legum (LL.M) degree from Heidelberg University and a Master's degree in International Legal Studies with emphasis on International Human Rights Law and Gender from the American University Washington College of Law.
For Indira, working as a Scientific Collaborator is a unique opportunity, as she can integrate the areas of work in which she has experience, such as human rights, armed conflict and gender, and resume her career in academia and research, having worked in the past as a teacher at the university level. Further information
Paula Ortega at CAPAZ
Paula Ortega Orjuela has been supporting the CAPAZ-Colombian Truth Commission cooperation project team from Germany since May 2020. Paula is an economist with a Master's degree in Regional Sciences and Territorial Planning. She has accumulated professional experience in social issues, in the areas of internal audit, evaluation, monitoring, and project management. Among other positions held, she was part of the Reintegration Directorate of the Agency for Reintegration and Standardisation as head of monitoring and quality assurance of its mission processes, plans, and programmes. Paula tells us: “Peace requires structural and intergenerational changes and this is achieved, to a great extent, with the support of academia and cooperative work. CAPAZ' work in this regard is of great value. With my work at CAPAZ, I want to contribute to a Colombian future based on respect and acceptance of difference, with justice and without inequalities”.
Thanks to our over 600 followers on Instagram!
CAPAZ launched its
Instagram account and its YouTube channel in April 2020. The Institute now has over 600 Instagram followers and over 100 subscriptions to its YouTube channel. We appreciate your support of our social networks and hope to reach more people with in-depth content about what we do. You can follow us on Instagram @instituto_capaz
CAPAZ on the CALAS Platform in Guadalajara
The CALAS Platform for Dialogue on Enforced Disappearances in Latin America was distinguished by the participation of universities, civil society organisations and groups of families of disappeared persons from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Germany. CAPAZ organised the international event in partnership with CALAS, among other organisations and universities.
Relive the experience on the CAPAZ Web page and take a look at the video showing people’s impressions of the event.
CAPAZ supports students

Daniela Forero (Universität Regensburg), Emily Ritzel (Universität Leipzig), Ximena Jattín (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), and Carlos Andrés García (Universidad de los Andes) supported CAPAZ activities for some months in the first half of 2020, in areas such as administration, event logistics, communication, and research. CAPAZ would like to thank them for their dedication, enthusiasm and versatility, and wish them every success in their training and professional practice.
Learn more about the group of students and their stay at the Institute on the CAPAZ website (in Spanish).
Academic CAPAZ / CAPAZ Académico
In Colombia / En Colombia
CAPAZ virtual panel on peace in the face of COVID
The first CAPAZ open virtual panel was held on May 19, 2020 and gathered 500 participants. The virtual room was full during the discussion on the challenges of implementing peace in Colombia in times of COVID. An outstanding panel attended the event, including Niels Annen, German Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs; Emilio Archila, Presidential Advisor; Father Francisco De Roux, President of the Truth Commission; Laura Barrios Sabogal, researcher at Universidad del Rosario, and CAPAZ Academic Director, Stefan Peters. University of Erfurt professor, Solveig Richter was the moderator for the event. We would like to thank all those who joined this event. Relive the main moments of the meeting through the full report and the video of the event.
Launch of the JEP's web-based risk monitoring system
On June 4, 2020, the Investigation and Prosecution Unit of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace launched the System for Monitoring Risks and Preventing Human Rights Abuses in Colombia. The CAPAZ Academic Director participated in the virtual launch event with representatives of the Colombian government, the JEP, and academia.
Further information (in Spanish).
CAPAZ Academic Director at the national forum on university, peace, and pandemic
The State University System (Sistema Universitario Estatal-SUE) invited CAPAZ Academic Director to the national virtual forum on the role of the public university in terms of peace and health in the context of the COVID crisis. The event took place on May 25, 2020. Further information
Universidad Popular del Cesar virtual lecture by CAPAZ Academic Director
Stefan Peters, CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen presented his talk on social inequality, the peace process and  the COVID-19 crisis during the virtual event held on April 28, 2020, organised by Universidad Popular del Cesar.
Further information
Juliana González Villamizar, special guest at URintercultural
Juliana González Villamizar's virtual talk at URIntercultural at Universidad del Rosario took place on March 27, 2020 and was entitled: “La promesa y los peligros de transversalizar la interseccionalidad en el proceso de paz en Colombia” (The promise and the dangers of intersectionality in the peace process in Colombia).
Further information
Advances of the research project by Juliana González Villamizar with the Truth Commission
The CAPAZ Scientific Collaborator, Juliana González Villamizar has, in recent months, continued to make progress in her fieldwork in Montes de María and the Caribbean Macro-region branch of the Truth Commission for the project entitled: “Seguimiento y retroalimentación a la incorporación del enfoque de género en la Comisión de la Verdad en el Caribe” (Follow-up and feedback on gender mainstreaming in the Caribbean Truth Commission). The Scientific Collaborator also participated in the Commission's technical committee on gender.
Workshop involving the Caldono community in Cauca

Researchers at Universidad Icesi and Universidad del Cauca coordinated the workshop held on March 6, 2020 in Pescador de Caldono, in Cauca, which had fallen victim to the armed conflict. The workshop, coordinated by Diana Quintero from Icesi was called: “Compartiendo experiencias y sueños” (Sharing experiences and dreams) and was the first activity included in the CAPAZ-supported 2019 project. Further information
Advances of the CAPAZ-supported project in Buenaventura

As an activity included in the project entitled: “Local management of archives for peacebuilding in Buenaventura, Colombia”, coordinated by Professor Jefferson Jaramillo at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the conference on memory and heritage in the Colombian Pacific was held in February 2020 in Buenaventura. Further information
“La paz camina”: a songbook by the FARC-EP

The CAPAZ-supported research project entitled: “Entre fusiles y acordeones: cancionero de música fariana” (Amidst rifles and accordions: a songbook of FARC music) compiled the musical archive of the FARC-EP guerrilla into three songbooks published in August 2019. The songbooks are
available on the CAPAZ Web page.
Briefing on indigenous, Afro-descendant and peasant women guards in El Cauca

The publication by Axel Rojas and Vanessa Useche was supported by CAPAZ and Universidad del Cauca. Under the premise of recovering the memory of the political history and protecting the territories, the purpose of the briefing is to reconstruct the recent history of the indigenous, peasant and Afro-descendant guards in the department of Cauca.
Click here for more information and to see the briefing (in Spanish).
Streamed UIS-CAPAZ Peace Lecture

The eighth session of the CAPAZ-supported Peace Lecture Series organised by Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS), was held on March 3, 2020 via streaming in order to stick to the preventive measures implemented to deal with COVID-19.
Further information
In Germany / En Alemania
CAPAZ-supported German Node activities

The group that supports the Colombian Truth Commission in Germany (German Node) started a series of virtual events in April 2020, which it hopes to continue in the coming months. Between April and May 2020, the German Node joined the commemoration for the victims and memory of the Colombian armed conflict and cultural events broadcast live on social networks. German Node interviewers gave virtual informative talks on listening and taking testimonies in Germany, while internodal gender and psychosocial support groups in Europe also organised activities on sexual violence during the armed conflict.
The intention is to continue with virtual and face-to-face programming, as far as possible, to report on the Truth Commission's work with the Colombian diaspora. Visit the Europe Node website that support the Commission to access the calendar of events and multimedia material on its work.
Colombia Day at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena

Friedrich Schiller University of Jena held its annual “Colombia Day” on May 26 and 27, 2020, with CAPAZ Academic Director as special guest. This year, the event was supported by CAPAZ and was about truth commissions in Colombia and Rwanda.
Further information / Streaming – Video 1 / Streaming - Video 2
COLPAZ meets the CAPAZ Academic Director

COLPAZ is a 2017 initiative founded in Bonn, Germany, that brings together people interested in analysing and exchanging information on the peace process in Colombia. CAPAZ Academic Director, Stefan Peters was invited to talk about peace in Colombia during the COVID-19 pandemic at a virtual event held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
CAPAZ Academic Director as the special guest at the Academia Hofgeismar virtual event
Stefan Peters, CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, was invited to a new virtual session organised by Evangelical Academy of Hofgeismar, held on May 14, 2020. The session was part of the series called "Was bewegt?", and the professor’s talk focused on the impact of the measures implemented in Colombia and Venezuela due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Further information
Publications / Publicaciones CAPAZ
CAPAZ publications catalogue

The CAPAZ catalogue provides an overview of the Working Papers and Policy Briefs published by CAPAZ as part of its editorial plan launched in 2019. The document is a key guide to understanding the academic and research production of the institute, as well as the evolution of its lines of research.
Click here for more information and to see the catalogue (.pdf with QR, in Spanish).
Working Paper CAPAZ 1-2020:
peace process with the ELN (2010-2019)

In its first 2020 Working Paper published, CAPAZ deals with the peace process between the Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla in 2010-2019. It was written by the researchers Cécile Mouly and Esperanza Hernández Delgado and published by CAPAZ supported by Flacso Ecuador and Universidad de la Salle in Colombia.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
Working Paper CAPAZ 2-2020: Mining, violence, and social vulnerability

CAPAZ Working Paper (2-2020), entitled “Mining, violence, and social vulnerability. A quantitative approach to the Colombian Pacific”, defines the relationship between the defence of human and environmental rights and the illegal economies existing in Colombia. The document is the result of research supported and sponsored by CAPAZ.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
Working Paper CAPAZ 3-2020: Local memories and the shaping of commemorative narratives

CAPAZ Working Paper (3-2020), entitled “Local memories and the shaping of commemorative narratives. A case study in Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia”, is based on the results of a study supported by CAPAZ, Universidad de Medellín, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The author is researcher Gabriel Ruiz Romero.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
CAPAZ Policy Brief 1-2020: reincorporation and communities

The first 2020 CAPAZ Policy Brief provides policy recommendations on the reincorporation of the FARC-EP and the relationships with communities affected by the conflict. Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
CAPAZ Policy Brief 2-2020: armed actors in the Caribbean

This Policy Brief written by Luis Fernando Trejos examines the current presence of armed illegal actors in the Colombian Caribbean and their association with illegal territorial control.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
CAPAZ Policy Brief 3-2020: social leaders in 2019 and 2020

In the third CAPAZ policy recommendation document published in 2020, Carolina Naranjo Escobar analyses the problems that regrettably persist even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
CAPAZ Policy Brief by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Published in March 2020, the Policy Brief entitled: “Para una articulación descolonizadora entre la justicia estatal y la justicia propia” (For a decolonising articulation between state justice and self-justice) by Lecturer Boaventura de Sousa Santos deals with the importance of decolonising state justice in a context of transitional justice.
Click here for more information and to see the document (.pdf, in Spanish).
Revista Ópera 27. Latest issue focusing on the CAPAZ-Externado collaboration

Issue No. 27 of Revista Ópera produced by Universidad Externado de Colombia, one of the CAPAZ founder members, has just been published. This issue on science, knowledge and peace, was co-edited by Alejandro Balanzó, Juan Pablo Centeno and CAPAZ Administrative Director Carlos Nupia. It focuses on the results of a workshop organised by CAPAZ together with Universidad Externado de Colombia in December 2018, and the discussion on science and peace organised for the GCTI (Knowledge Management and Governance) Network Congress in August 2019. Further information

Networking CAPAZ
NETCAPAZ Newsletter

After two years of operation and with about 240 registered researchers, the virtual platform NETCAPAZ has been consolidated as a tool of cooperation that provides insight into the work of researchers in different parts of Colombia and Germany. In 2020, the platform has begun sending its monthly newsletter. Subscribing researchers can promote their latest publications, events and projects on the platform and thus encourage a more fruitful cooperative relationship with their peers.
Carlos Nupia, Administrative Director of the CAPAZ Institute and coordinator of NETCAPAZ was interviewed by the Javeriana Stereo radio programme Bitácora to discuss in detail the running of the platform and the advantages of being part of the NETCAPAZ network. Listen to Carlos Nupia being interviewed on Javeriana Stereo’s Bitácora (in Spanish) / More information at:
Media coverage / Eco en medios
JLU Gießen organisiert Diskussion über Kolumbien. Artikel von Felix Pflüger auf der Gießener Anzeiger. 22.5.2020.

DKF-Blog veröffentlicht Kommentare zur CAPAZ virtuellen Veranstaltung. 25.5.2020.
Juliana González Villamizar, Stefan Peters, Daniela Montagut & María Paula Prada Ramírez:
“Colombia: El reto de esclarecer la verdad sobre el pasado violento y el papael de la diáspora”,
in: Hispanorama 168 (May 2020), p. 48.

Entrevista a Carlos Nupia sobre NETCAPAZ. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana radio programme Bitácora. Published: 12.5.2020.

El terrorista como ‘peligroso en potencia'. Kai Ambos in Revista Semana. Published: 20.4.2020.

Economías ilegales, orden social y asesinato de líderes sociales. Article written by Juan Albarracín and Inge Valencia on the REDESDAL Blog on a CAPAZ-supported project. Published: 13.4.2020.

Der Friedens-Trainer. DKF-Interview mit dem Friedensforscher und CAPAZ Direktor Stefan Peters. 30.4.2020.

La paz en tiempos del coronavirus. Article written by Stefan Peters for El Espectador. Published: 17.4.2020.

Desigualdades en América Latina en tiempos de coronavirus. Universidad del Norte podcast with Stefan Peters. Published: 17.4.2020.

Sin tregua durante la pandemia: asesinatos de defensores en Latinoamérica no cesan en cuarentena. DW article with commentary by Stefan Peters. Published: 9.4.2020.

Die soziale Zeitbombe. Beitrag mit Kommentaren von Stefan Peters. TAZ, 6.4.2020.

Kolumbien: Der Frieden bringt neue Konflikte. Jonas Wolff in Welt-Sichten, 4/5-2020 (April 2020).

Pensar fuera de la caja. Stefan Peters opinion column in Revista Semana. Published: 4.4.2020.

Venezuela: la lucha de poder en tiempos del coronavirus. Opinion by Stefan Peters for DW in Spanish. Published: 30.03.2020.

Ungleichheit tötet. Beitrag von Stefan Peters für IPG. 26.3.2020.

La desigualdad mata: la pandemia del coronavirus en América Latina. Stefan Peters’ commentary for Revista Semana. Published: 25.3.2020.

El posacuerdo llegó con violencia a Tumaco. Article written by Luis Gabriel Salas Salazar y Jonas Wolff for the Universidad Nacional de Colombia newspaper. No, 224, March 2020.

Incremento del armamento en Suramérica. Stefan Peters’ commentary on Radio Corax. Published: 18.03.2020.

Opfern des jahrzehntelangen Konflikts in Kolumbien eine Stimme geben. Pressemitteilung der JLU Gießen. Nr. 39, 27.2.2020.

Fosa de Dabeiba constituye una contribución inmensa a la verdad histórica. Revista Semana interview with Kai Ambos. Published: 18.2.2020.

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“Instituto CAPAZ is a cooperation platform involving Colombia and Germany, promoting the exchange of knowledge and experience in topics related to peace building, through the formation of networks between universities, research centres, civil society organisations and governmental entities, whose actions focus on the territorial area. The consolidation of such networks allows interdisciplinary academic analysis, reflection, and debate on the lessons of the past and the challenges of sustainable peace building. CAPAZ promotes research activities, teaching and consultancy, allowing new approaches to understanding peace and conflict, which transmit knowledge to society and set out answers to the multiple challenges inherent to a society in transition”.
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© Newsletter/Boletín CAPAZ - No. 6 - February/Febrero 2020
Edición: Claudia Maya / Corrección: Instituto CAPAZ / Traducción al inglés: Tiziana Laudato
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