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Peace week in Colombia
September 03, 2010

"What the country needs is public policy that responds to the need for a process of reparation that is just, fair, efficient, swift and proportional to the harm suffered by the victims of the armed conflict," said Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao Gaviri.

September 5 - 12 the Catholic Church in Colombia is celebrating Semana por la Paz  - Peace Week in honor of  the thousands of victims of the Colombian conflict. The theme of the week is 'Integral Reparation: because no victim is a stranger.' The aim of the annual Peace Week campaign is to raise awareness in Colombian society for the plight of the victims of the armed conflict and to promote solidarity and a comprehensive reparation plan for them. 


As a result of the prolonged internal armed conflict in Colombia, the civilian population has suffered grave human rights violations. These include: murder; massacres; forced disappearances; hostage-taking; forced recruitment; physical and psychological abuse; forced displacement; and a largely hidden epidemic of gender-based violence. 


"What the country needs is public policy that responds to the need for a process of reparation that is just, fair, efficient, swift and proportional to the harm suffered by the victims of the armed conflict," said Monsignor Héctor Fabio Henao Gaviria, Director of the Social Department of the Colombian Bishops Conference.


Learn more here: http://www.abcolombia.org.uk/subpage.asp?subid=371&mainid=23 



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