A central element of the Colombian peace process with the FARC-EP guerrillas is the collective reintegration of former combatants in specially designated “Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation.” A survey conducted in seven rural municipalities suggests that this reintegration process has led to a significant reduction in the perceived social distance and mistrust among the local population, contributing to the reconstruction of the social fabric. However, these successes are limited and, given the ongoing violence in marginalized regions of Colombia, are at grave risk in several cases.
The murder of nine people with migrant biographies in an attack in Hanau on 19 February 2020 was yet another act of racist violence perpetrated by right-wing extremists in Germany. What role does contemporary racist violence play in the collective memory? Debates on making Germany’s remembrance culture more inclusive have so far mostly focused on the way it confronts the country’s Nazi past and historical responsibility in today’s postmigrant society. As we remember the victims of the Hanau attack, it becomes all the more evident that an inclusive remembrance culture is needed to address the continuities of far-right violence.