Colombia will contribute 5,000 to the UN military peacekeeping force in a gradual deployment over the next three years, President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday.
A recently closed transitional justice deal between the government and FARC rebels will not adequately punish perpetrators of war crimes committed during the country’s armed conflict, according to Human Right Watch.
The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court has welcomed a justice deal between the Colombian government and Marxist guerrilla group the FARC that was signed earlier this week.
Colombia’s defense minister and the country’s military command on Thursday said that a transitional justice agreement between the government and FARC rebel group is “the most important news in one hundred years.”
Guerrillas, soldiers and politicians who refuse to cooperate with Colombia’s transitional justice risk prison sentences of up to 20 years if found guilty of war crimes in the event of Full Article »
Violence related to Colombia’s armed conflict has fallen to its lowest level since 1975 thanks to the current peace talks between the government and rebel group the FARC, according to a local think-tank.
A former guerrilla from the now defunct EPL was arrested following months of searching by the Colombian authorities.
Women’s rights groups in Colombia are pressing their country’s government to investigate cases of sexual violence committed by the military and its now-defunct paramilitary allies.
FARC rebels have violated their self-imposed unilateral ceasefire twice while the Colombian military has largely avoided attacking the guerrillas in its attempt to deescalate violence while peace talks continue, observers said Thursday.
A lieutenant colonel of Colombia’s National Army has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for the murder of five civilians who were fraudulently presented as guerrillas killed in combat.
Colombia’s former Armed Forces commander, retired General Mario Montoya, was interrogated for hours on Monday over his alleged ties to right-wing paramilitary forces and the killing of civilians.
Despite being scrutinized over the killing of thousands of civilians, Colombia’s armed forces continued killing civilians to present them as guerrillas killed in combat throughout 2014, according to the United States Full Article »
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with Human Rights Watch on Wednesday after initially rejecting a report by the human rights group that accused the commanders of the Armed Forces and Full Article »
Neither the commander of Colombia’s Armed Forces, nor the National Army commander, are or have been investigated over accusations they were implicated in the killing of civilians.