Virtual Events - Enforced Disappearances in Latin America
In May, Prof Cath Collins took part in a range of virtual events connected with her Open Society supported research on enforced disappearances in Latin America.
On 25 May, days after a historic Constituent Assembly vote in Chile, a relatives’ association invited Prof Collins to take part in an online discussion on Truth, Justice and Reparations in the New Constitution.
The next day, she delivered an open class ‘Toward a National Search Plan for the Disappeared’ for the Universidad Austral’s Political Technologies of Memory project, in which she is an international research associate. On 29 May, she took part, as did other TJI colleagues, in a three-day online seminar organised by Konrad Adenaeur Foundation grantees, on the theme “Designing peace with Transitional Justice”.
Also in May, Prof Collins planned the latest in the series of training courses on Disappearance for Chile’s state transitional justice unit staff, to be delivered in June, July and August, and took part in emergency response meetings with the Colombian state Search Unit, for which she is a member of the international accompaniment committee.
The Unit was seeking to respond to violence and damage to its premises and archives, and threats to its staff, in the context of ongoing social protest in Colombia and violent security service response, which has led to dozens of deaths.