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UN expert on transitional justice to visit Colombia

14 September 2023

GENEVA (14 September 2023) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabian Salvioli, will conduct an official visit to Colombia from 19 to 29 September 2023.

During his visit, the expert will examine the progress made in addressing the legacy of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed during the 50-year armed conflict that engulfed the country. He will assess measures taken by authorities to promote truth, justice, reparation, memorialisation and guarantees of non-recurrence in Colombia.

Salvioli will meet with Government officials, members of the legislature, the judiciary, the armed and security forces, the national human rights institution, civil society organisations, victims’ groups and representatives of the international community. He will visit Bogotá and other parts of the country.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference on 29 September 2023 at 11:00 local time at the Colombia Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Calle 113 No. 7-45, Torre B, Oficina 1101). Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The expert will present his report to the Human Rights Council in September 2024.


Mr. Fabian Salvioli (Argentina) was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2018 as the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. He is a human rights lawyer and professor. Fabián Salvioli is professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Law of the University of La Plata. He has lectured in many countries and universities across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Mr. Salvioli has authored several books and articles on international human rights law. He was member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee between 2009 and 2016, and its President between 2015 and 2016.

Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, Country Page: Colombia

For further information and media enquiries, please contact:

During the mission: Ms. Brenda Vukovic (+41 079 444 3940 / [email protected]) and
Diana Losada: (+57 601 6583300 Ext.1109 / +57 3212841580 / [email protected])

After the mission: Ms Brenda Vukovic (+41 22 917 9635 / [email protected])

For media enquiries regarding other UN independent experts, please contact Maya Derouaz ([email protected]) and
Dharisha Indraguptha ([email protected]).

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