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Colombia’s ELN guerrillas hopeful Duque will resume peace talks (22.06.2019)

Colombia’s last-standing guerrilla group ELN on Thursday reiterated its hopes that peace talks that were suspended by the government in February can be resumed.

Colombia continues to have highest number of internally displaced people in the world: UN (19.06.2019)

Colombia continues to have the most internally displaced persons in the world, according to the UN. … Since 2015, the number of displaced Colombians has exceeded all other nations with internal conflicts, according to a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Colombia urged to do more to protect ex-Farc rebels after killings (19.06.2019)

The leader of Colombia's former Farc rebels has called on the government to stop the "systematic murder" of ex-fighters following two killings. In an open letter to President Iván Duque, Rodrigo Londoño said the cases highlighted the lack of protection of Farc members by authorities.

Haiti at a standstill as street clashes continue over demands for president’s ouster (10.06.2019)

Tensions escalated on the streets of Haiti’s capital as protesters on Monday again barricaded roads with burning tires, set a Port-au-Prince broadcast station’s vehicles ablaze, and chased down a presidential police backup unit they accused of firing on a crowd and killing a motorcycle driver.

Case against FARC leader highlights challenges for peace process tribunal (10.06.2019)

This week, Zeuxis Hernandez—also known by the alias “Jesus Santrich”—will likely fill one of the five seats in Colombia’s House of Representatives that the Havana agreement reserved for ex-combatants. He will join Congress almost a year late, after having been incarcerated since April 2018, when he...

Colombia’s government “inciting violence” against former rebels: UN (05.06.2019)

[…] In an extraordinarily harsh statement, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard urged the government to “stop inciting violence against the demobilized FARC” and “implement the peace accords” agreed with the former guerrillas in 2016.

Thousands of Colombian FARC rebels return to arms despite peace accord -military intelligence report (05.06.2019)

Roughly a third of the fighters in Colombia's former FARC rebel army have taken up arms again following a 2016 peace accord, posing a growing security risk in the Andean nation, according to a confidential military intelligence report reviewed by Reuters. The internal report puts the number of...

Rights experts condemn killing of reintegrated former rebel fighter (04.06.2019)

Against a backdrop of challenges in implementing the peace process in Colombia, six independent UN human rights experts condemned on Tuesday the killing of a former member of the FARC-EP guerilla movement, which they said constitutes a “violation” of the guarantees made by the Government in the...

Colombian high court rules FARC peace law must be sanctioned (29.05.2019)

A Colombian high court on Wednesday called on President Ivan Duque to sanction a law that implements peace agreement with demobilized FARC rebels, after upholding a Senate vote that rejected his proposed changes.

FARC chief begs former guerrillas not to abandon peace process amid worst crisis yet (19.05.2019)

FARC president Rodrigo Londoño begged the more than 12,000 former guerrillas who disarmed in 2016 as part of a peace deal not to abandon the process after the recapture of former guerrilla leader “Jesus Santrich.” The FARC leader, who is also known as “Timochenko,” made the urgent call after an...