Category: Andes

Ecuador Begins Relief Efforts Following Deadly 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

Top Story — Residents of rural Ecuadorian towns west of Quito are reeling following the country’s most devastating earthquake in 40 years. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Saturday night near the […] Read More >

Fujimori Wins First Round of Peruvian Presidential Elections, Will Face Runoff in June

Top Story — The center-right candidate Keiko Fujimori won the first round of presidential elections in Peru on Sunday, during a weekend rocked by political violence that left three people […] Read More >

Colombia High Court Ruling Lays Groundwork for Gay Marriage

Top Story — Colombia’s constitutional court decided in a 6-3 vote Thursday against a ruling that defined marriage as only between heterosexual couples, positioning the country to become the fourth […] Read More >

ELN Rebels and Colombian Government to Hold Formal Peace Talks

Top Story — The Colombian government and rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s second largest left-wing rebel group after the FARC, announced on Wednesday that they will […] Read More >

Venezuela Legislature Passes Amnesty Bill for Jailed Opposition Leader

Top Story — A political showdown in Venezuela is likely to intensify after lawmakers in the National Assembly voted late on Tuesday to pass an amnesty bill covering jailed opposition […] Read More >

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 >

Venezuela Investigates Disappearance of 28 Gold Miners

Top Story — Venezuela’s government said Monday it is investigating the disappearance of 28 gold miners in the state of Bolívar, highlighting the importance of illicit mining as a source of […] Read More >

Venezuela’s Top Court Rules Legislature Cannot Remove Judges

Top Story — Venezuela’s National Assembly will not be permitted to investigate, and potentially reverse, last year’s appointment of 13 new Supreme Court justices following a Tuesday ruling from the same […] 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 >

Andean Leaders Face Corruption Probes

Top Story — The presidents of Peru and Bolivia have both been associated with large-scale corruption investigations in recent days. A Brazilian federal police report from Feb. 5 asserts that […] Read More >