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Opening up Information on Past Abuses

Apertura de información sobre abusos del pasado

Ouverture de l’information à l’égard d’abus passés

Cartagena, Colombia – August 2nd 2013 – The Colombian flag in the Cartagena Fort in a cloudy and windy day. Cartagena, Colombia

Lessons from Reformers

This case study was originally posted in the OGP Global Report.

As part of its second action plan (2015–2017), Colombia committed to create a national archive on human rights and historical memory to document the victims of its armed conflict. During the conflict, an estimated 220,000 people died and more than 7 million people were internally displaced.

In the first year, nearly 230,000 documents were made public. This number rose to 240,000 during the second year.

This collection of information about the conflict in an open data format is critical for helping the country in its process of national reconciliation.

Colombia also has included a commitment to create an integrated information system to track the completion of commitments after the peace agreements as part of its third action plan (2017–2019). This step is important as Colombia continues to suffer an escalation of attacks against journalists and activists after the signing of these agreements.

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