Category: Colombia

Two more people kidnapped by FARC dissidents on the Ecuador-Colombia border

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA ECUADOR-COLOMBIA: Yesterday, Ecuadorean authorities identified as Oscar Efrén Villacís Gómez, 24, and Katty Vanesa Velasco Pinargote, 20, the two persons who appear in a proof of […] Read More >

Former FARC leader is arrested at request of U.S. authorities

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA—Former FARC guerrilla leader Seuxis Hernández, best known by his alias Jesús Santrich, was arrested yesterday in his Bogotá home at the request of the U.S. […] Read More >

The Colombian peace process threw the wrongfully convicted into a legal void

NEW YORK—The story of a man named Gilberto Torres Muñetón appeared in several Colombian newspapers recently. His is the first case of a convicted FARC member transferred from the ordinary […] Read More >

Colombian Right Shows Strength in Legislative Elections, Presidential Primary

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Right-wing movements opposed to Colombia’s peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels were the big winners of yesterday’s legislative elections. Having headed an […] Read More >

Armed Groups Continue to Threaten Indigenous Communities in Colombia

TACUEYÓ, Colombia—Sparks flew into the air from a drill saw struggling through confiscated machine guns. On Feb.11, hundreds of people gathered for a community assembly in Tacueyó, Cauca to witness […] Read More >

Escaping a Homophobic War in Colombia

NEW YORK—José Miguel Cañón was walking home one night in the 20 de Julio neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia, when a motorcycle with two men stopped next to him. One man […] Read More >

Colombian Victims Abroad Sought Justice in Amended Peace Deal

NEW YORK—The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group signed a new and final peace deal on Nov. 24. The Congress approved the agreement last week, giving the green light […] Read More >

Despite ‘No’ Vote, Colombian Indigenous Groups Say They’ll Implement Peace Accord

With a red and green bandana fastened around his neck, Colombia’s high commissioner for peace, Sergio Jaramillo, approached the edge of a stage adorned with fresh flowers as if walking […] Read More >

Colombia To Launch Peace Talks With ELN Guerrillas

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA The Colombian government will officially launch peace talks with the ELN, the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, beginning Oct. 27 in Quito, Ecuador. The Juan Manuel Santos administration […] Read More >

Hurricane Matthew Deaths In Haiti Pass 1,000

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA More than 1,000 people have died so far in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew stormed through the island, according to an estimate from Reuters. Authorities have begun […] Read More >