Category: Andes

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 >

Seven dead and 25 injured in police raid of Bolivian prison Palmasola

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Before dawn yesterday 2,300 police officers supported by helicopters raided the largest prison in Bolivia, resulting in 7 dead inmates and 25 injured, including seven officers. […] 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 >

Bolivian ex-President will stand trial for massacre in US Court

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada will stand trial next month in Florida. It will be the first time a former head of state faces a […] Read More >

Chile announces defense plan against Bolivian maritime dispute

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Chilean foreign minister Heraldo Muñoz spoke out about Chile’s defense plan against Bolivia’s maritime claim on Tuesday. Both countries will present their oral arguments on March […] Read More >

Court says Alberto Fujimori could face new trial

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori could be tried again, a court decided on Monday. This news comes after current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted him on […] 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 >