Memory, coexistence and reconciliation

Wars and dictatorships have a social, political and also psychological impact on societies and people who have suffered traumatic experiences. These impacts are not overcome with the signing of a peace agreement or democratic elections. It is necessary to promote processes of reconstruction of the social fabric and reconciliation, within society itself and within institutions. And it is imperative to find a way to reconstruct the memory of traumatic events in order to promote psychosocial healing and create conditions to avoid the repetition of cycles of violence.

The aim of this program is to give visibility and support to civil society initiatives in processes of political transition. We promote the exchange of innovative experiences to encourage coexistence, often through creative artistic expressions. In particular, we highlight the role that diasporas can play in peace and memory processes, especially women and victims.

Project with the Colombian Truth Comission

One of the main fields of work within the program “Memory, coexistence and reconciliation” is the work ICIP does for the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition of Colombia. Since 2019, ICIP performs the functions of the technical secretariat for the Commission in Europe, with the aim to facilitate the process of contact and coordination among the various organizations of victims in exile.

ICIP provides technical and material support to the activities that the Commission organizes in Europe; coordinates the various work groups established in the different European countries (the so-called nodes); and grants methodological support to the process of taking of testimonies of Colombian victims in exile. This allows the Commission to document all cases and contribute to clarification of truth, justice and non-repetition.

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