Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Highlight Colombia's Work in Land Restitution Process
During the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates held in Bogotá, laureates with this recognition present at the Thematic Forum, 'Peace is grounded on Earth', pointed out that Colombia's model of land restitution is an example for the international community. Lisa Pelleti Clark, Co-Director of the International Bureau for Peace and Marcelo Kohen, Director of the Institute of International Law also took part in the forum.
Lisa Pelleti said, "We believe what is being done in Colombia is important because it recognizes victims and builds the foundation for true reconciliation. Everyone can learn from this experience.”
The representative of the entity awarded the Nobel Peace Prize highlighted that the process of land restitution must take into account the participation of women as leaders of their communities and their families, and that this approach to the victims of conflict be done through this dialogue.
Marcelo Kohen emphasized the importance of learning from farmers about the importance of land and reconciliation as the best way to create peace in any scenario.
Gladys Carrillo and Silver Polo, beneficiaries of the program and participants in the forum, explained from their personal experiences how they returned to their land and reconnected with the personal and professional goals they had to put aside during the armed conflict.
Ricardo Sabogal Urrego, director of the Land Restoration Unit of the National Government, an entity that serves the displaced population, stated, "dialogue has been essential in reaching out to victims to understand their needs and above to show them they can trust institutionality as the best tool for recovering their land.”
According to Ricardo Sabogal the armed conflict made the state presence in some areas of the country limited, which weakened the confidence of these communities in institutionality.
"We want Colombians to turn the page through reconciliation. We cannot stay in the past and forget the great potential that our country has in moving forward. There is a new country with room for all where differences can be solved through dialogue and institutionality. We cannot return to weapons," he added.
The director of the government organization clarified that the model used in the country is the result of an in-depth analysis of the experiences of other countries with land restitution programs, coupled with a rigorous study of the local context that allows it to be an effective tool in responding to the needs of victims in Colombia.The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was organized by the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, who brought this event for the first time to Latin America since in creation in 1999.