In order to build a sustainable peace, it is essential to involve those who have suffered the impact of the conflict in the peace-building process. For this an enabling environment needs to be created; an environment where participative democracy and human rights are respected and promoted.
This report was written by ABColombia in 2015 to highlight the critical role of civil society in Colombia during the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC. It outlines how civil society groups and organisations can be supported. It gives an update on many of the most relevant human rights concerns, the obstacles to a sustainable peace and the perspectives of civil society on key issues in the peace process. It also makes a series of recommendations for the International Community and the Colombian government.