Paramilitary successor groups have issued fresh threats against Colombian human rights defenders in recent weeks, leading several groups to call on the government to ensure adequate protection of at risk individuals.
Colombian politicians with ties to a criminal group are behind an alleged plot to assassinate two conflict analysts and a reporter, newspaper El Tiempo reported Wednesday.
Colombian authorities said Monday they have thwarted a plot to assassinate two political analysts and a reporter, all linked to conflict observatory Nuevo Arco Iris.
Some politicians have claimed that the trip taken on Sunday by six Colombian congressmen to meet with the peace negotiators for the government and country’s largest guerrilla group FARC is Full Article »
Former guerrilla leaders are prepared to apologize for their crimes after Colombia’s Minister of Justice Juan Carlos Esguerra called for approximately 10,000 demobilized members of leftist armed groups to contribute to Full Article »
Former paramilitaries are being re-enlisted in a private army which will be used to violently resist the restitution of land to displaced farmers in the north-Colombia Cesar department, according to Full Article »
Colombia’s neo-paramilitary groups continue to enjoy the protection of elements of the state, the director of a leading think tank said Tuesday. In an interview with Colombia Reports, Leon Valencia, Full Article »
The demobilization and the subsequent release of almost all 280 alleged members of neo-paramilitary group ERPAC was nothing but a media show, said Nuevo Arco Iris, an NGO specialized in Full Article »
Prominent columnist and conflict analyst Leon Valencia has fled Colombia due to death threats, while his colleague told RCN Radio Wednesday he will have to leave the country as well. Full Article »
An NGO monitoring Colombia’s local elections said Monday a large majority of mayoral candidates have ties to convicted criminal politicians or paramilitary groups. The announcement was made following an investigation Full Article »
Colombia’s inspector general severely criticized a report by NGO Nuevo Arco Iris regarding electoral candidates with criminal backgrounds. Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez Maldonado said “[the one] who can disqualify is Full Article »
Leon Valencia, head of NGO Nuevo Arco Iris and high-profile opponent of former President Alvaro Uribe, defended his recent government contract to identify corrupt political candidates in the October elections. Full Article »