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In power, former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe was accused of collaborating with death squads that slaughtered peasant farmers and union organizers. More recently, online, he was found to be “glorifying violence” against protesters during a week of unrest that saw more than a dozen people killed. 

Now, this week, he will be sharing “his journey and insights in pursuit of citizen and environmental security” at a virtual event hosted by The John Brademas Center at New York University’s campus in Washington, DC.

It’s a curious choice, Adam Isacson, an expert on Colombia at the Washington Office on Latin America, told Insider. Uribe is currently under investigation for bribing right-wing paramilitary groups to lie about one of his leftist political rivals; he was under house arrest last year. And his years as head of state, from 2002 to 2010, saw a major expansion of environmentally destructive mining operations, as well as attacks on those defending the land.

“Maybe they should have a whole series of ‘human rights violators discuss things they never really worked on,'” Isacson said.

📣Colombia is reportedly Latin America’s oldest #democracy. I’m honored to moderate an @nyuniversity @BrademasCenter #DCDialogues w/ President @AlvaroUribeVel + @deWindt_IIJS to examine achievements + challenges in #Colombia’s past, present + future.

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— Geovanny Vicente-Romero (@GeovannyVicentR) April 30, 2021

NYU insists the May 5 event is not an endorsement. James Devitt, a spokesperson for the university, said in a statement to Insider that “we anticipate a robust exchange on President Uribe’s tenure and the larger issue of sustainability, both among the panelists and during our question-and-answer session.” He also said the school “expects the protests in Colombia — and the former president’s views on them — to be a topic.”

But critics say the center’s panel, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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