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The Colombian trap: another partial peace (12.03.2020)

Even though a series of armed groups have demobilized and violence has declined over recent decades, peace remains partial in Colombia. The current peace process with the FARC insurgency shows why Colombia has such difficulty achieving a complete peace.

Colombia vows to accelerate implementation of peace after meeting UN Secretary General (10.03.2020)

Colombia’s president Ivan Duque vowed to accelerate the implementation of peace policies after meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday. The meeting followed growing tensions between the United Nations’ agencies in Colombia and the Duque administration.

ICRC registers ‘discouraging’ increases in conflict-related violence (05.03.2020)

[…] While the peace process significantly improved people’s lives in large parts of the country, this progress was undone by the increase in violence in parts where the state is virtually non-existent, according to the ICRC’s report on 2019.

UN slams sharp rise of murdered female activists in Colombia (27.02.2020)

More than 100 human rights defenders and 66 indigenous people were killed in the South American country last year, according to a UN report. Critics have slammed President Duque for not doing enough to stop the violence.

Haitian leaders urged to end political impasse (20.02.2020)

Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the political impasse between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top UN official there said on Thursday in a briefing to the UN Security Council in New York.

U.S. calls on Haiti to set a date for elections: Pompeo (23.01.2020)

Haiti should set a date for elections, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, more than a week after Haiti’s president began ruling by decree. Pompeo did not specify which elections he was referring to, but Haiti failed to hold scheduled legislative elections last year.

‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019 (14.01.2020)

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is “deeply troubled by the staggering number of human rights defenders killed in Colombia” last year, its spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Political vacuum in Haiti could let president rule single-handedly (13.01.2020)

Haitian President Jovenel Moise could be ruling by decree later this week, a scenario he said would help break the Caribbean nation’s political deadlock but which critics fear will undermine its fragile democracy.

15 community leaders assassinated in Colombia in 2020 (13.01.2020)

At least 15 community leaders reportedly have been assassinated in the first 12 days of Colombia in an exceptional wave of violence. The vast majority of the killings took place under confusing circumstances in former territory of demobilized guerrilla group FARC in the south of the country where...