Posted on 15 May 2018
The Human Rights Defender Hub's Working Papers series aims to make reearch related to human rights defenders accessible to the public and to promote further research that is relevant to human rights defenders.
The latest paper in the series is by Sylvain Lefebvre, developed for the Early Career Researcher Symposium held by CAHR last summer. This paper is interested in the peacebuilding strategies used by human rights defenders (HRDs) in Colombia. In particular, it looks at those strategies used by three peasant communities to establish control over their territory. These communities were created by internally displaced peasants to protect civilians, to challenge the power structures that sustain the conflict, and eventually, to build peace. The paper argues that the spatial dimension is key to accounting for the success of peasant communities in protecting their territory, claiming their rights and growing as a community.
‘Making’ the Territory: The Spatial Politics of Peasant Communities and the other papers in the series, as well as policy briefs and blogs can be found on the HRD Hub website.