The VivaVoz programme will be a confluence of hundreds of voices from six communities in Colombia. The representatives, young community leaders with experience in remembrance and communication initiatives, share anecdotes, reflections and ideas from their regions that can contribute to ending and not repeating the armed conflict.
Vasuki Nesiah, Professor of Human Rights and International Law at New York University, deals with the tensions that transitional justice is facing between local knowledge and international expertise and speaks of the power of being 'international' in the practice of transitional justice.
Nomfundo Mogapi, Executive Director at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), urges that the areas of mental health and psychosocial support should receive more attention in the transitional justice practice, considering psychosocial healing not only indispensable for victims, but also for the leadership and intitutions.
Hasini Haputhanthri, museologist and development consultant based in Colombo, demands from the transitional justice field to focus more on the cultural sphere, including arts, media and educational institutions. In her view, museums for example act as agents of cultural change.
Martín Abregú, vice president for International Programs at the Ford Foundation, deals with the dynamics and interaction between global expertise and local knowledge in the context of transitional justice. With this in view, he calls on actors to listen and learn from each other.