An (unintentional) façade of democratic debate

Newman, Jonathan Michael Benjamin (2013) An (unintentional) façade of democratic debate. BACUP - British Academics for a Colombia Under Peace.

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Abstract

A review of the Colombian peace process. The article considers the actual extent of debate in a series of meetings and conferences in the UK that were held to analyse the peace process. The argument is put forward that the illegality, and thereby absence, of FARC at these meetings has contributed towards a distortion of events and arguments. Furthermore, it has left the current Colombian administration appearing as a far more inclusive and democratic institution than might be the case. The article welcomes the the interaction of the Colombian government in these UK meetings but suggests that measures are taken: i) to prevent the marginalization of FARC from democratic debate; ii) to limit the potential to breach Human Rights by the Colombian state; and iii) to define the difference between political violence and violent criminality.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Colombia, Peace processes
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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Depositing User: Jonathan Newman
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 10:21
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46619

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