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The Victims’ Law in Colombia – a result of transnational advocacy work for the rights of the victims?

Åkerhielm, Sophie LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This is a case study that aims to explain the adoption of the Victims’ Law by investigating the transnational advocacy networks’ work for the rights of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. Theories of transnational advocacy networks and opportunity structures are applied in order to understand the long term advocacy work for the victims’ rights, but also to explain their influence on the legislative period. Interviews were made in Bogotá, Colombia, with different actors of these networks such as national and international advocacy activists. The material reveals that, through their politics, the victims’ advocacy networks have succeeded in putting the situation and the rights of the victims on the political agenda, which has led... (More)
This is a case study that aims to explain the adoption of the Victims’ Law by investigating the transnational advocacy networks’ work for the rights of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. Theories of transnational advocacy networks and opportunity structures are applied in order to understand the long term advocacy work for the victims’ rights, but also to explain their influence on the legislative period. Interviews were made in Bogotá, Colombia, with different actors of these networks such as national and international advocacy activists. The material reveals that, through their politics, the victims’ advocacy networks have succeeded in putting the situation and the rights of the victims on the political agenda, which has led to the adoption of the law. It also affirms that the pressure on the state from international actors is essential for the advocacy work’s achievements. Furthermore, the results show that, due to the complex conflict and the hostile relationship between the state and the advocacy networks, domestic structures in Colombia limit the impact of advocacy work. Since the national victims’ networks did not influence the law as much as they desired, they are critical to the prospects of the Victim’s Law. (Less)
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author
Åkerhielm, Sophie LU
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organization
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STVK01 20121
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Transnational advocacy networks, NGOs, victims’ movement, the Victims’ Law, Colombia, political opportunity structures.
language
English
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2542950
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2012-06-27 10:50:18
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2012-06-27 10:50:18
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  abstract     = {This is a case study that aims to explain the adoption of the Victims’ Law by investigating the transnational advocacy networks’ work for the rights of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. Theories of transnational advocacy networks and opportunity structures are applied in order to understand the long term advocacy work for the victims’ rights, but also to explain their influence on the legislative period. Interviews were made in Bogotá, Colombia, with different actors of these networks such as national and international advocacy activists. The material reveals that, through their politics, the victims’ advocacy networks have succeeded in putting the situation and the rights of the victims on the political agenda, which has led to the adoption of the law. It also affirms that the pressure on the state from international actors is essential for the advocacy work’s achievements. Furthermore, the results show that, due to the complex conflict and the hostile relationship between the state and the advocacy networks, domestic structures in Colombia limit the impact of advocacy work. Since the national victims’ networks did not influence the law as much as they desired, they are critical to the prospects of the Victim’s Law.},
  author       = {Åkerhielm, Sophie},
  keyword      = {Transnational advocacy networks,NGOs,victims’ movement,the Victims’ Law,Colombia,political opportunity structures.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Victims’ Law in Colombia – a result of transnational advocacy work for the rights of the victims?},
  year         = {2012},
}