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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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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 email@example.com
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).
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
Uprooted by war, united by a common goal: Colombia's City of Women
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.
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.