Category Archives: Current affairs

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

The list of magistrates for the JEP has been published

The Selection Committee has just published the names of the 51 magistrates that will make up the courts in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) that will judge events and cases within the framework of the armed conflict. Continue reading The list of magistrates for the JEP has been published

In Colombia, killings of land defenders reached a historic high in 2016, according to Global Witness

The report Defenders of the Earth, published today, 13th July 2017, by Global Witness, reports that Colombia is one of the countries where the situation for people defending their land is getting worse.  Continue reading In Colombia, killings of land defenders reached a historic high in 2016, according to Global Witness

Reconfiguration of the armed conflict in the midst of the peace process

The peace process with the FARC guerrillas has brought hope, but since their demobilisation, other illegal groups have taken control of rural territories, which has engendered a new cycle of attacks against communities, human rights defenders and civil society leaders. Continue reading Reconfiguration of the armed conflict in the midst of the peace process