Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Publication date: 
2016
Accord issue: 
Insight 3

Rosa Emilia Salamanca and Ricardo Mendoza argue that whilst the peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the government provide an important juncture in the peace process, Colombian society still faces considerable challenges in transforming relationships between citizens, and between citizens and the state, that have been shaped by decades of conflict. They argue that four aspects of reconciliation will be particularly important in achieving this transformation: forgiveness by victims, access to truth, building trust in the state, and including marginalised groups.