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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 17, 2019
This is urgent! Unless Congress legalizes the status of these immigrants, they could be placed into deportation proceedings, tearing families apart.
June 10, 2019
Great news concerning the HIV criminalization constitutional challenge in Colombia, in part driven by the attendees from Colombia at HIV is Not a Crime in Indianapolis last summer. All of you who attended HINAC3 and helped interest, educate and inspire the two human rights attorneys from Colombia who were in attendance, courtesy of HIV Justice Worldwide, should take some pride in this victory.
May 29, 2019
As people from Guatemala and Honduras continue to seek sanctuary in the US for a variety of reasons, including violence and poverty, another factor driving their migration has gotten much less attention: climate disruption.
Many members of the migrant "caravans" that made headlines during the 2018 US midterm elections are fleeing a massive drought that has lasted for five years.
May 26, 2019
130 former members of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been killed since the signing of the peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian Government in 2016.
May 25, 2019
murder of Doctor Cristian Camilo Julio Arteaga, age 24, in El Bagre in the Bajo Cauca region of Antioquia Department. He had just ended his shift on May 11 and was on his way to his home in Caucasia to celebrate mother’s day with his family when two men on motorbikes ambushed him on a main road and shot him.
May 24, 2019
murders of five community leaders, including three indigenous community members, which have occurred in the last month.
May 11, 2019
death threats against the Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu (Force of Wayuu Women) inLa Guajira Department.
April 26, 2019
continuing murders of former members of the now dissolved Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and their families. On April 14, seven-month-old Samuel David Gonzalez Pushaina was killed in the municipality of Maicao, in La Guajira Department. His father, Carlos Enrique Gonzalez, age 23, was a former FARC member. Several hooded men ambushed his family when they went from their home in Simon Trinidad, Cesar Department, to visit Samuel David’s grandmother in Maicao. The child died on the way to the hospital. His parents, also injured, are recovering.
April 24, 2019
murder of trade unionist and rural peasant rights defender, Nixon Willington Valencia in San Miguel, in Putamayo Department.