Over 50 years it took to reach one of the most anticipated news for the South American continent, and citizens of Colombia.
The country's government and opposition groups finally put an end to the armed conflict that has caused the death of a figure close to 220,000 deaths.
We would like to highlight, amongst many institutions and associations, the work of ACADEHUM, the Colombian Association of Defense Lawyers for the Human Rights (Asociación Colombiana de Abogados Defensores de Derechos Humanos) that has worked for the defense of Human Rights conducting different missions in Colombia. These missions have been a way to articulate a form of specific support to confront and improve the situation of danger that many lawyers were experiencing in the area of the defense of the Human Rights as well as other collectives of defense.
The Caravana de Juristas (Jurists Caravan) was created in 2008 after ACADEHUM requested to the international community of lawyers to develop a support and a twinning program with lawyers working on human rights in Colombia. Since then, four missions have been organized in Colombia in which many high level delegations are involved. The first mission took place in August of 2008 and was carried out by a delegation composed by 70 lawyers from Europe and the Americas. The following tasks were conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2014 with the active participation of more than 200 delegates.
It is good news for everyone, and from the BPI-ICB ICB we send all our support and our heartfelt congratulations to Colombia and Colombians.