Category: Colombia

Human Rights Watch Warns of Impunity Concerning Colombia’s ‘False Positives’

Top Story — Days after Colombia’s government and the rebels of the FARC postponed a key deadline for the resolution of peace talks, Human Rights Watch released an analysis today […] Read More >

Brother of Former Colombian President Arrested on Charges of Running a Death Squad

Top Story — Colombian authorities have arrested the brother of current Senator and former President Álvaro Uribe in Medellín on charges of organizing a paramilitary group that was linked to dozens […] Read More >

While FARC Rebels Balk at Referendum Plan, Colombia Increases Attack on ELN

Top Story — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave the military orders to increase its operations against the second largest guerilla group in the country, the ELN, in response to an […] Read More >

Obama Will Seek $450 Million in Aid for Colombia

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that he will seek $450 million in new aid for Colombia to continue fighting […] Read More >

UN Agrees to Oversee Future Ceasefire Deal Between Colombia, FARC Rebels

Top Story — In a unanimous vote on Monday, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution to oversee the planned ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels. The vote […] Read More >

Colombia, FARC Ask UN to Monitor Post-Ceasefire Disarmament

Top Story — The Colombian government and FARC rebels jointly requested on Tuesday that the United Nations set up a monitoring body to oversee the demobilization process that would follow […] Read More >

Spanish Police Arrest FARC ‘Abortion Nurse,’ Highlighting Claims of Group’s Abuse

Top Story — Spanish police arrested Héctor Arboleda Albeidis Buitrago in Madrid on Sunday on claims that he performed over 100 forced abortions on female FARC rebels. The arrests follow […] Read More >

Colombia Declines to Extradite FARC Guerrilla to US

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday revealed an executive order rejecting the U.S. extradition request for FARC rebel Juan Vicente Carvajal, wanted in New York on drug trafficking charges, […] Read More >

Colombia Advances LGBT Rights But Some Say It’s Not Enough

The past few weeks have been incredibly important for Colombia’s LGBT community. Last month, the country’s first openly gay candidate for political office was elected mayor in the southern city […] Read More >

US Drug War Ally Colombia Will Legalize Medicinal Marijuana

Top Story — On Thursday, Colombia’s government announced it will legalize the commercial sale of marijuana for medical and scientific use, The Associated Press reported. The upcoming decree by President […] Read More >