The Colombian Human Rights Watch NGOS in the Face of
Although Colombia is not experiencing a military-rule or an open civil
war, it has one of the highest rate of human rights violations in the world.
The intensification of the conflict and the generalization of violence
have been coupled with the spread of human rights rhetoric. But, the concrete
results of the discourse on human rights have been quite limited. They
have been converted into strategic tools by the protagonists of the conflict.
The analysis of the use of human rights by NGOs during the last twenty
years shows that they had and continue to have difficulties in creating
a space for reflection and action concerning human rights which escapes
the dynamic of the conflict itself. In order to achieve this goal, these
organizations should begin with a much clearer definition of human rights
and restore their ethical dimension in their actions. In that way, they
could contribute to the reconstruction of politics in Colombia.
Key words: Colombia, human rights, violence, conceptions of human
rights, armed protagonists, instrumentalization, opposition to armed protagonists,
neutrality, reconstruction of politics.
IFEA, Colombia: Centro de Información André Maurois, Santafé
de Bogotá, Colombia. e-mail: email@example.com
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