Category: Colombia

Colombia’s Coca Substitution Plan is Bringing Death and Discord to the Putumayo Region

This article was originally reported for and published in Spanish in La Liga Contra el Silencio. It was translated into English by the author. View the Spanish version here.   […] Read More >

Colombia’s anti-corruption referendum fails to pass quorum despite 99% support

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: An anti-corruption referendum held yesterday barely failed to meet the minimum number of votes required, although each of the seven proposals had more than 99% […] Read More >

Venezuelan migrants attacked in Brazil and stopped from reaching Ecuador

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   VENEZUELA-BRAZIL-ECUADOR-PERU: The residents of a Brazilian border town with Venezuela, in the northern state of Roraima, attacked squatter camps of Venezuelan migrants over the weekend. […] Read More >

Colombian intelligence agency ex-deputy chief is convicted of 1999 murder of popular comedian Jaime Garzón

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The former deputy chief of the state intelligence agency was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for the murder in 1999 of popular comedian, […] Read More >

New Colombian President Iván Duque takes office amid polarization

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Newly-elected President Iván Duque took office yesterday with a ceremony at Bogotá’s central Plaza de Bolívar. Duque, who defines himself as a centrist liberal, […] Read More >

Former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe quits Senate amid criminal investigation

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Former president and two times senator Álvaro Uribe presented his resignation yesterday, only four days after being sworn in for his second tenure, after […] Read More >

Colombian former rebel rejects Congress seat to protest unfulfilled peace process

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA   COLOMBIA: Iván Márquez, the former chief negotiator of the FARC, confirmed yesterday that he renounces one of the 10 Congress seats that the former rebels […] Read More >

Colombia signs law to allow collective demobilization of criminal gangs

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos signed a law on Monday paving the way for the surrender of criminal gangs that allows for a reduction of sentences […] Read More >

Seven people murdered in south-western Colombia, responsibilities are yet unclear

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The bodies of seven people with signs of torture were found near the village of Argelia, in the south-western region of Cauca early Monday morning. Local […] Read More >

Colombian Senate approves transitional justice law, but with changes

TODAY IN LATIN AMERICA COLOMBIA: The Senate approved yesterday the bill that creates an operating manual for the special peace justice, the lynchpin of the peace process with the FARC, […] Read More >