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16.10.2020

We Demand respect for judicial independence in Colombia

We Demand respect for judicial independence in Colombia

Today, Colombian democracy is facing one of its most difficult moments. The President of the Republic and the Government party are carrying out an aggressive campaign against rights, the balance of powers, the Courts, and judicial independence; dangerously advancing towards authoritarianism and an end to the essential pillars of rule… »

15.10.2020

Indigenous Guard in Colombia wins award

Indigenous Guard in Colombia wins award

The Indigenous Guard of Cauca in Colombia has received a prestigious international human rights award. The group, Kiwe Thegnas (Defenders of Life and Territory), were granted the award in a virtual ceremony. The award is given annually by the Irish organization Front Line Defenders. Kiwe Thegnas won for the… »

18.09.2020

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

By Zenaida Espinosa “If we made a minute of silence for each social leader in Colombia who has been murdered, we would be silent for 15 years”. This painfully truthful phrase was said by the President of the Truth Commission, Father Francisco de Roux, last August 14, at a webinar… »

10.08.2020

Of all the crimes that haunt him, Alvaro Uribe has been arrested for the least serious

Of all the crimes that haunt him, Alvaro Uribe has been arrested for the least serious

While the former president and senator for the Democratic Centre Party (Centro Democratico in Spanish) is being investigated for alleged procedural fraud and bribery, his files in various judicial offices are still full of not yet resolved facts related to murders, massacres, displacements and alleged links with paramilitary groups. Today,… »

27.07.2020

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

The campaign ‘Silence is no longer an option’ began on Sunday in Colombia with the objective to defend the lives of social leaders and signatories of the Peace Accord. Promoted by the Defend Peace movement, the crusade seeks to renew the commitment to life in this nation where the murders… »

23.07.2020

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

By Zenaida Espinosa and Jorge Escobar Banderas Almost four years have passed since the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and FARC former guerrillas. In the meantime many changes have been fostered, although there are still many debts unpaid, as only 25% of the improvements have been carried out. »

17.07.2020

Colombia. #StopTheGenocide  [#QuePareElGenocidio]

Colombia. #StopTheGenocide  [#QuePareElGenocidio]

As of the writing of this article  (7/09), Colombia has reached 161 assassinations of community leaders in 2020, the latest being Gentil Pasos’s. Presently, the average is of three to four murders per week . Just on June 27th, the Institute of Studies for Peace and Development, IDEPAZ, registered 7… »

20.05.2020

Conversation with Jaime Manrique

Conversation with Jaime Manrique

By Jhon Sánchez Jaime Manrique lives around the corner of the AIDS monument in the West Village. As soon as I entered his apartment, I saw the poster of the book-cover of “No One Writes to the Colonel” by Gabriel García Márquez, illustrated with a large fighting cock. Isabela, an Australian cockatiel greeted me with a… »

23.11.2019

National strike in Colombia

National strike in Colombia

By Alicia Muñoz On November 21, Colombia experienced a historic national strike. Nationals mobilized throughout the country to protest against the government of President Ivan Duque. Different sectors such as Indians, lgtbi, Afro communities, social leaders, artists, peasants, teachers, students, among others were the protagonists of this meeting, to demand… »

30.08.2019

Colombia: a new blow to the Havana Accords

Colombia: a new blow to the Havana Accords

Through a video, apparently filmed in the area of Puerto Inírida, in the Colombian jungle, Iván Márquez, Jesús Santrich and El Paisa, the three former FARC combatants whose whereabouts were unknown and who did not keep their appointment to testify before the JEP (Special Justice for Peace), have announced the… »

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