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400 displaced in FARC-Urabeños clashes, military accidentally kills pregnant minor
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 18, 2016 Leave a comment

400 displaced in FARC-Urabeños clashes, military accidentally kills pregnant minor

More than 400 people from several villages in northern Colombia were forced to flee their homes and one 14-year-old girl was killed in ongoing violence between leftist rebel group FARC, their neo-paramilitary rivals  Full Article »

WOLA warns of more pending promotion of shady Colombia military commanders
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 15, 2016 Leave a comment

WOLA warns of more pending promotion of shady Colombia military commanders

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a US think tank, sent a letter to Colombia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday protesting the pending promotion of military officials accused of war crimes.

24000 Colombia state agents implicated in war-related crimes
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 22, 2015 4 comments

24000 Colombia state agents implicated in war-related crimes

As many as 24,000 Colombian state agents are implicated in war-related crimes and could benefit from a transitional justice deal if peace with FARC rebels is reached, the prosecution office said Monday.

Colombia’s new public enemy #1, neo-paramilitaries, face more airstrikes
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 19, 2015 5 comments

Colombia’s new public enemy #1, neo-paramilitaries, face more airstrikes

The use of airstrikes was one of the main strategic elements that severely reduced the FARC’s military capacity ahead of peace talks with the rebel group. Colombia’s neo-paramilitary groups are the next target for airstrikes.

War crime victims sue Uribe for slander
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 14, 2015 Leave a comment

War crime victims sue Uribe for slander

A group of mothers whose sons were murdered by the military sued former President Alvaro Uribe for slander after tweeting the victims were criminals.

Colombia arrests security officials for selling arms to narcos
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 2, 2015 1 comment

Colombia arrests security officials for selling arms to narcos

Colombian authorities arrested five more members of the security forces and three civilians who are accused of trafficking arms for neo-paramilitary drug trafficking organizations.

Mega cocaine lab dismantled in southwest Colombia
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 18, 2015 1 comment

Mega cocaine lab dismantled in southwest Colombia

A massive cocaine laboratory able to produce seven tons of cocaine a week was discovered and destroyed in the southwest of Colombia, the military said.

At least 12 ‘Urabeños’ killed in north Colombia bombing raid: Military
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 3, 2015 Leave a comment

At least 12 ‘Urabeños’ killed in north Colombia bombing raid: Military

Colombia’s military has dealt one of the biggest blows in the history of drug trafficking paramilitary group “Los Urabeños,” killing at least 12 in a bombardment.

The Arabian dream: Colombians taking part in Yemen war
Posted by Emma Rosser on Oct 26, 2015 6 comments

The Arabian dream: Colombians taking part in Yemen war

Some 800 former Colombian military troops will enter the city port of Aden in Yemen, switching the jungle terrain of their home country for the deserts of Arabia.

Southwest Colombia indigenous community detains 27 soldiers on murder charges
Posted by Grace Brown on Oct 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Southwest Colombia indigenous community detains 27 soldiers on murder charges

Indigenous guards in the southwest of Colombia have detained 27 soldiers following the murder of a former governor of a local reserve.

Colombian military again caught up in embezzlement scandal
Posted by Rose Lander on Oct 19, 2015 3 comments

Colombian military again caught up in embezzlement scandal

Colombian army generals are suspected of embezzling millions of dollars from military budgets, El Tiempo newspaper reported Sunday, creating another military corruption scandal.

Colombia to contribute 5000 UN peace keeping troops in 3 years: Santos
Posted by Emma Rosser on Sep 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia to contribute 5000 UN peace keeping troops in 3 years: Santos

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.

Colombia’s justice deal too soft on war crimes: Human Rights Watch
Posted by Grace Brown on Sep 28, 2015 2 comments

Colombia’s justice deal too soft on war crimes: Human Rights Watch

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.

International Criminal Court welcomes Colombia justice deal
Posted by Rose Lander on Sep 25, 2015 Leave a comment

International Criminal Court welcomes Colombia justice deal

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 justice deal ‘most important news in 100 years’: Defense minister
Posted by Fletcher Berryman on Sep 25, 2015 2 comments

Colombia justice deal ‘most important news in 100 years’: Defense minister

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.”

Colombia’s peace deals in depth: Transitional justice
Posted by Grace Brown on Sep 23, 2015 8 comments

Colombia’s peace deals in depth: Transitional justice

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 »