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Colombia: News & Updates
Colombia has the world’s second largest population of internally displaced persons (five million) due to the half-century internal armed conflict—the longest-running war in the Western Hemisphere (since 1964). Control for territory and popular support among the three main groups (left-wing rebel forces FARC & ELN, right-wing paramilitaries, Colombian police/military) has left 220,000 killed, 75% of them non-combatants. Since 2000, the US has exacerbated the violence by sending more than $9 billion in mostly military assistance. Colombia, which has both Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, holds strategic interest for the US for global trade and military posturing.
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July 1, 2017
Enjoy Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments (Fair Trade of course). Hear updates from IRTF staff who have recently traveled to Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. With special guest from Colombia John Henry.
June 15, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Travel with IRTF on a delegation to Colombia with Christian Peacemaker Teams(CPT)
April 11, 2017
Uprooted by war, united by a common goal: Colombia's City of Women
March 26, 2017
Unjust criminalization, arrests and detentions of seven community leaders in the south of Bolívar, affiliated with FEDEAGROBISMOL (Agro-mining Federation of the South of Bolivar) and the People’s Congress
March 25, 2017
Death threats by Gaitanista paramilitaries to leaders of indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in humanitarian zones of the Jiguamiandó River basin in Chocó Department
March 22, 2017
Forced displacement in Chocó by Gaitanista paramilitaries of 400 Afro-descendant people (128 mostly families) and 106 indigenous people (32 families) forced to flee by clashes between Colombian armed forces and illegal armed groups.
March 21, 2017
Assassination of Ruth Alicia López Guisao, member of ASONKINCHAS (Intercultural and Interethnic Agroecological Association), a defender of indigenous and Afro-descendant rights in Chocó Department.
February 25, 2017
Assassination of indigenous and women’s rights defender Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela of the Wiwa tribe in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, along the Atlantic Coast in César Department.
February 13, 2017
Escalating incursions by paramilitaries in hamlets in or near the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia Departmentand death threats to Community residents.
February 1, 2017
Recent incursion of paramilitaries into the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in Antioquia Department. They are entering communities, going to specific homes, and threatening to kill residents of the Peace Community if they refuse to collaborate with the paramilitaries.