The theme of the VII International Caravana of Jurists was the need for judicial independence to combat impunity and guarantee access to justice and dignity for victims and survivors and for human rights lawyers and defenders to be able to carry out their work in safety and with dignity. The VII Caravana travelled to Colombia from 20 to 28 August 2022, four years since the previous one, rather than the usual two years owing to pandemic-related travel restrictions in 2020. The delegation visited the departments of Bolívar (Cartagena), Norte de Santander (Cúcuta), Santander (Bucaramanga) and Valle del Cauca (Cali).
The delegations are coordinated alongside Colombian lawyers’ associations with which there is a long history of collaboration, such as Asociación Colombiana de Abogados de Derechos Humanos (ACADEHUM); Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CAJAR); Corporación Colectivo de Abogados Luis Alberto Carlos Pérez (CCALCP); Colegio de Abogados de Cartagena; Corporación Justicia y Dignidad (Southwest Region) (CJD); Corporación Agencia Nacional Étnica; Equipo Jurídico Pueblos (EJP); Equipo Jurídico Humanitario 21 N and MOVICE.
The VII Caravana comprised 18 legal professionals and human rights experts from Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The VII Caravana was co-organised with the support of the Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE) , Global Justice Association, Human Rights Committee: The Law Society England & Wales, International Association of Lawyers -Institute for the Rule of Law ( UIA-IROL ) , International Observatory of Lawyers at Risk (OIAD), Judges for Judges , Lawyers for Lawyers , Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Peace Brigades International-Canada (PBI-Canada) and Working Group Switzerland-Colombia (ASK).