Human Rights Observatory

Truth Commission and Peace Process in Colombia.

colombia flags ang raised hands with the word "pax" (peace)

On November 1st, after three months of preparation, the Truth Commission starts their public work in Colombia. We'd like to follow their work and the reactions of the media and other key players in the country. USF has created the USF Observatory, as part of the Arrupe Initiative, to monitor the work of the commission.

The work that the observatory does is to track and analyze (a) the work of the Truth Commission and (b) the reaction of key social actors. In order to monitor the work, we gather information and stay in close contact with different organizations.

Some of the things that the USF Observatory does:

  1. Monitor the Truth Commission's agenda and what the Colombian
  2. newspaper say about the Commission's work.
  3. Document key actions that threaten the peace process (killing of
  4. community leaders, land rights disputes, and so on)
  5. Monitor the voices that are not being heard and the ELN peace talks process


Key actors:

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Communities and their leaders
  • Government
  • Paramilitary
  • FARC
  • ELN
  • Transnational Corporations
  • Media
  • Public Opinion


*The US role should be put into consideration into all of the above.

USF observatory group meets once a week to do an analysis of the information
gathered and writes a monthly report shared with community partners and media outlets.