Category Archives: Current affairs

Between hope and disappointment: a summary of 2018

Two years since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla, the long process has begun towards the agreement’s implementation. Continue reading Between hope and disappointment: a summary of 2018

Neo-paramilitaries attempt to kill Peace Community legal representative

Yesterday morning, armed men attempted to kill Germán Graciano, the legal representative of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, according to reports from the Peace Community and from Father Javier Giraldo who is currently visiting the community. Continue reading Neo-paramilitaries attempt to kill Peace Community legal representative

Victims speak about the release of General Rito Alejo del Rio

General Rito Alejo del Rio was released on 27 September, under the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP). Alejo del Rio, known as the ‘Pacifier’ of Uraba, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for one of the horrific murders carried out by paramilitaries during their violent takeover of Uraba in Choco in 1997. Continue reading Victims speak about the release of General Rito Alejo del Rio

Threats and attacks overshadow the second mandate of the UN Verification Mission which starts today

The United Nations Second Verification Mission in Colombia starts operating today, 26 September.[1] Several reports in July and August warned of how shifts in regional power structures, armed groups and economies have resulted in threats, murders and forced displacement in different parts of the country; these incidents have exposed the risks that overshadow the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC. Continue reading Threats and attacks overshadow the second mandate of the UN Verification Mission which starts today