The recent targeting of rural community leaders is not a repeat of the bloodletting against the UP. The motives, causes and actors are different.
Gustavo Alvira, JD, is a lawyer with a background in international law and international human rights law. Colombian by birth, he is the current Peace and Post-Conflict Advisor at Fundación Compartir. He is in charge of designing education programs for former FARC child soldiers and generating employment opportunities for demobilized combatants in rural areas. Before returning to Colombia, he was the Human Rights Fellow at the Vance Center for International Justice at the New York City Bar Association.
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