Category: Colombia

One million Venezuelans fled to Colombia in past year: Red Cross

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: At least one million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia since mid-2017 to escape their country’s intensifying economic crisis, a senior Red Cross official reported this […] Read More >

Colombian former president said gov. officials warned him of a plot against his life

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Right-wing opposition Senator and former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez claimed yesterday that government officials warned him of a plot against his life last week. Former […] Read More >

Colombian wins Goldman environmental prize for facing mining interests

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: Francia Márquez Mina, a 36-year-old Afro community leader from the western Cauca department, won the 2018 Goldman Prize yesterday for her creative defense of ancestral […] Read More >

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 >