The event, organised by the Colombian Truth Commission (CEV) on YouTube on 2 September, gave an account of the systematic aggressions and crimes that have been committed against Colombian universities, their professors, students and workers for decades in the context of the armed conflict.
In the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, hundreds of professors and students were victims of forced disappearance, torture and murder. Although the actual number of people affected remains underreported, according to reports from several Colombian universities, the magnitude of violence against university institutions, as critical actors and generators of knowledge, is alarming and characterised by high levels of impunity. The CEV meeting sheds light on how researchers, teachers and students have been victims of various forms of political violence, whether at the hands of armed actors or state security forces, due to their links to academia and their status as university students. By way of example, according to a report by the University of Antioquia alone, 323 attacks of various kinds have been recorded in the past 50 years. Unfortunately, attacks on universities are not a thing of the past, but continue in many regions of the country today.