South America and Caribbean


‘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...

‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council (13.01.2020)

[…] The UN envoy hailed the “invaluable work” of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, spelling out that “thousands of former combatants who only a few years ago were armed with weapons of war continue to forge new lives through the opportunities provided by...

Colombia foils attempt to assassinate ex-Farc leader Timochenko (12.01.2020)

Colombian police say they have foiled an attempt to assassinate the former head of the now demobilised Farc rebels, Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, better known as Timochenko.

Colombia asks UN to extend monitoring of peace process while struggling to show progress (09.01.2020)

Colombia’s authorities on Wednesday struggled to announce progress in the implementation of a 2016 peace deal with demobilized FARC guerrillas days amid growing pressure. President Ivan Duque met with the United Nations’ mission chief, Carlos Ruiz, and asked the UN to extend its verification...

Colombia’s former army chief called to trial over systematic killing of civilians (30.12.2019)

Colombia’s former National Army commander General Mario Montoya, an alleged mastermind of the mass murder of civilians to fake military successes, has been called to trial. Montoya’s first day at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) may be a breaking point in the investigation of thousands of...

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal discovers first major military mass grave (15.12.2019)

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal has discovered a military mass grave in which more than 50 victims of extrajudicial executions could be buried, weekly Semana reported on Saturday.

In Haiti, protests wane, but crisis far from over (04.12.2019)

Anti-government protests in Haiti are waning, with schools and businesses trying to reopen in the face of political gridlock and heightened violence in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country.