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Afro-Descendant Property Rights in Colombia


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Performers from La Palma Negra, a youth dance group of displaced Afro-descendant and mestizo youth in Soacha.

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice sponsored a spring break fact-finding mission to Colombia from March 10-18, 2007, to study Afro-Colombian human rights issues. The trip was also sponsored by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies and the Human Rights Law Society. It was co-sponsored by the Center for Sociolegal Studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Los Andes and the Social Studies Center of the Humanities Faculty at the National University of Colombia. The trip was also made possible by the generous contributions of several private donors, to whom we are very grateful.

Learn more about the 2007 spring break project. You can read the report produced by our interdisciplinary delegation and the memorandum sent to Congress below.


Report

English: "Unfulfilled Promises and Persistent Obstacles to the Realization of the Rights of Afro-Colombians"

Español: "Promesas Incumplidas y Obstáculos Persistentes para la Realización de los Derechos de los Afrocolombianos"


Report Summary

Español: "Promesas Incumplidas y Obstáculos Persistentes para la Realización de los Derechos de los Afrocolombianos"


Memorandum

English: "Afro-Colombian Human Rights: The Implication for U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement"

Español: "Derechos Humanos Afro Colombianos: Las Implicaciones del acuerdo de Libre Comercio entre los EE.UU. y Colombia"


Video

View the documentary film, "En Busca de una Vida Digna: Challenges facing Afro-Descendants in Colombia," which outlines the delegation's findings and recommendations:



"En Busca de una Vida Digna: Challenges facing Afro-Descendants in Colombia" (.wmv)



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UT students (L-R) Kendall Zanowiak (LLILAS), Rob Davenport (LLILAS), Josh Clark (LLILAS), Alysia Childs (Anthropology) and project assistant Elizabeth Walsh meet with a volunteer from CODHES, the primary Colombian organization that compiles information and statistics on displacement.