Technical Profiles: Far from the Promised Land: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

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The 2011 passage of the Victims’ Law raised hopes and dreams among Colombia’s hundreds of thousands of victims of violence and forced displacement. The Victims’ and Land Restitution Law, Law 1448 of 2011, sets out procedures for reparations and land return for victims of violence. According to the minister of justice and human rights, the landmark law meant that “the hour of the victims has arrived.” But two years later, many of its beautiful promises remain a distant dream.

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