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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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August 11, 2017
Enjoy Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments (Fair Trade of course). Hear updates from IRTF staff who have recently traveled to Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
June 15, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Travel with IRTF on a delegation to Colombia with Christian Peacemaker Teams(CPT)
June 22, 2017
assassination in Atlántico Department of Bernardo Cuero Bravo, attorney for AFRODES, the National Association of Displaced Afro-descendants, a coalition of 96 internally displaced Afro-Colombian organizations
May 26, 2017
police repression and injuries to the mostly Afro-descendant residents of Buenaventura in Valle del Cauca Department during a general strike and other protests for health, education, water and sanitation
May 23, 2017
Raids by Gaitanista paramilitaries threaten the mostly indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Jiguamiandó River Basin collective territory in Chocó Dept., near Pueblo Nuevo Humanitarian Zone (an official demilitarized safety zone)
May 22, 2017
Arson is among the threatening actions by paramilitaries in the rural areas of Remedios, Antioquia Department. Paramilitaries are seeking out Ricaurte García, a human rights defender with CAHUCOPANA (Humanitarian Action Corporation for Coexistence and Peace of Northeast Antioquia).
May 22, 2017
Please join us on Monday, May 22 for this rare opportunity to hear from a member of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Colombia. RSVP is appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 25, 2017
Kidnapping and assaults on a woman associated with Peasant Movement of Cajibio (MCC) leader Marylen Serna Salinas, in Popayán, Cauca Department.
April 13, 2017
Threats and intimidation against Environmental Committee in Defense of Life (CADV) and others organizing to stop the open-pit AngloGold Ashanti mining project in Cajamarca in Tolima Department.
April 11, 2017
Unjust arrests and detention measures against members of Congress of the Peoples and the Southern Bolívar Inter-Dialogue Commission, Center and South of Cesar (CISBCSC) , including Milena Quiroz Jiménez, Isidro Alarcón Bohorquez , and Manuel Francisco Zabaleta.