Memory, coexistence and reconciliation
Wars and dictatorships have a social, political, and 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 reconstruction processes of the social fabric and reconciliation within society itself and institutions. And it is imperative to find a way to reconstruct the memory of traumatic events to promote psychosocial healing and create conditions to avoid the repetition of cycles of violence.
This program aims 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 diasporas’ role 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.
Five episodes on the impacts of exile on Colombian women, available here:
Where are the missing? Truth and justice as a requisite for peace
Peace in Progress. Number 38. May 2020
Dealing with the past, building the future together
Peace in Progress. Number 34. June 2018
Infographics: Disappearances and Peace
Infographics: The Colombian Truth Commission, an unprecedented process