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Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigns (15.07.2018)

The Prime Minister of Haiti, Jack Guy Lafontant, has resigned after days of violent protests against fuel price rises. In a speech in the lower house of Congress in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said President Jovenel Moïse, had accepted his resignation.

Colombia’s largest paramilitary group to demobilize ‘in the coming days’ (09.07.2018)

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said that the country’s largest illegal armed group, the AGC, will be demobilizing “in the coming days.” The demobilization would mean the end of the largest dissident group of paramilitary umbrella organization AUC, which largely demobilized under former...

How Colombia’s new government plans to strangle the country’s peace process (28.06.2018)

The party of Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque wants to severely reduce victims rights in an attempt to undo much of the country’s peace process. The changes in the 2016 peace deal would reduce the rights to political representation of 8.5 million victims and remove the leadership of the FARC,...

UN warns Colombia over war crimes tribunal delays (26.06.2018)

The United Nations called on Colombia to “urgently remove the obstacles” impeding a war crimes tribunal or risk being called out on failures to comply with an ongoing peace process.

Risky business: the Duque government’s approach to peace in Colombia – ICG report (21.06.2018)

Colombia’s president-elect campaigned on a pledge to “modify” the 2016 peace with the FARC guerrillas, despite its goal of reducing the rural inequality underlying that insurgency.

Days after election, future of Colombia’s war crimes tribunal already uncertain (20.06.2018)

Colombia’s election are barely over and the future of the country’s war crimes tribunal that seeks to provide justice for millions of victims is already uncertain. At the request of President-elect Ivan Duque, an outspoken opponent of a peace process with demobilized FARC guerrillas, Congress...

Clock is ticking for ceasefire with Colombia’s ELN rebels (13.06.2018)

Chances that the ELN, Colombia’s last-standing guerrilla group, will cease fire in support of peace talks are decreasing by the day. Gustavo Bell, the former vice-president who has been negotiating peace with the rebel group, told press on Tuesday that his team is doing everything it can to agree...

Colombian election throws future of peace deal into doubt (06.06.2018)

Billed as the first peacetime Colombian election in more than half a century, the presidential run-off on 17 June has become a referendum on peace itself, or at least on whether the sluggishly implemented 2016 accords that officially ended 52 years of conflict between the state and Revolutionary...

NATO can benefit from Columbia’s expertise in Afghan peace (01.06.2018)

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance can benefit from Columbia’s expertise in the Afghan peace process as the Latin American country became a new ally to the organization.