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.
Dozens of senior Colombian army officers implicated in the killing of 3,000 civilians falsely claimed to be rebels a decade ago have risen through the ranks and are escaping punishment Full Article »
Colombia’s Congress approved a controversial reform that seeks to give military tribunals jurisprudence over crimes committed by the military after previous attempts were struck down by the Constitutional Court.
The entire former command of an army battalion based in Medellin is investigated for the alleged killing of more than 70 civilians who were dressed up as guerrillas and secured numerous Full Article »
Thirty-four Colombian soldiers officially joined the ranks of the the United Nations peace keeping force, also known as the blue helmets, for the first time, continuing a trend of Colombian involvement in international operations.