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There were few other places they could go without running the risk of being robbed, kidnapped, or perhaps murdered, either by one of Colombia's several Marxist guerrilla groups, its right-wing paramilitary militias, or its criminal gangs. Cartagena was an exception to all that, but it still had its seamy side.
More than 800 businesses sponsored paramilitary groups that committed tens of thousands of human right violations in Colombia, in most cases without consequence, according to a recent report. The report was published by Colombian think tank Dejusticia, Oxford University and other investigators after a ...

When people think about violence in Colombia, the drug kingpin Pablo Escobar or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's (FARC) guerrillas might come to mind. But fewer know about the paramilitary forces that killed, tortured, and raped their way across the country starting in the late 1990s.
A new report examines the relationship between private businesses and paramilitary groups during Colombia's decades-long armed conflict, arguing that a post-conflict truth commission should investigate these potentially criminal dealings. The report, published on February 26 by Colombian think tank ...
By January, at least 550,000 Venezuelans were officially residing in Colombia, with nearly half arriving last year alone, according to Colombian officials. Most are fleeing their country's economic meltdown – one of the world's largest migrations unassociated with conflict. The pace picked up in the last six ...
5, 1998, and he was setting off with a friend on the nine-hour drive from his hometown of Medellin to the Colombian capital, Bogota. ... The paramilitaries disarmed more than a decade ago but now it is the turn of the Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials ...

Seven suspected Colombian paramilitaries were killed in a confrontation with Venezuelan security forces in Tachira state on the border, an official said on Thursday. The incident in La Cabrera -- which borders the Colombian department of Norte de Santander -- involved "the Colombian 'Los Pelusos' ...
Colombia's largest illegal armed group, the AGC, vows to “design and construct a new country” in an apparent withdrawal from its intent to surrender to justice. The Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC) said so in a recently published “coexistence manual,” which laid out the social order imposed on ...
To escape starvation, many families and unaccompanied children are fleeing into Colombia where they are at risk of kidnapping and exploitation from ... Save the Children is concerned about the plight of unaccompanied children crossing the border, where they are vulnerable to paramilitaries or armed ...
What role did drugs play on the FARC side and the government side of the bloody Colombian conflict? Colombia's internal war technically started in the 1960s; it involved left-wing guerrillas (of which the most prominent have been the FARC) fighting against government forces. Paramilitaries also existed in ...
In less than 10 years, Colombia's largest drug trafficking organization, the AGC, has grown from 80 paramilitary fighters to a criminal powerhouse of more than ... According to Colombian think tank, Fundacion, Paz y Reconciliacion, the group controls nearly half of all cocaine that leaves the nation's borders.
Some areas vacated by the FARC have been taken over by the ELN, a smaller guerrilla group; drug gangs such as the “Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces”, which has its origins in a right-wing paramilitary group; and FARC members who rejected the peace agreement. In January Colombia's president, Juan ...
The reparation of victims of Colombia's armed conflict has been problematic for years. After the demobilization of paramilitary umbrella organization AUC between 2003 and 2006, paramilitary warlords allegedly surrendered only $1.5 million of the $650 million they vowed to pay. Politicians who used the ...
Colombia's last-standing rebel group, the ELN, continued its territorial expansion in 2017 while talking peace with the government, according to think tank ... The group particularly expanded its territory in the west of the country where they have been confronted by the AGC, a paramilitary group that has ...
Those genocidal paramilitaries have worked closely with the Colombian military that Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly praised in 2014 as a “magnificent” US partner. “They're so appreciative of what we did for them,” raved Kelly. Praise for Colombia's government has also come from the liberal end of the US ...
Colombia's population of internally displaced people is about 7 million, and has consistently been neck and neck with Syria's. According to ... Those genocidal paramilitaries have worked closely with the Colombian military that Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly praised in 2014 as a “magnificent” US partner.
According to court documents, Cepeda visited several jailed United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (UAC) members – including Pablo Hernan Sierra and Juan Guillermo Monsalve – who suggested Uribe was in contact with paramilitary groups in Antioquia, an allegation Uribe has denied.

"The FARC's image problems stem from the fact they still have not adequately asked for forgiveness, handed over ill-gotten gains, nor gone through any transitional justice mechanism," said Alejandro Eder, former head of the Colombian agency that helps disarmed rebel and paramilitary fighters reintegrate ...
As a side note, it is worth remembering that it was Alvaro Uribe who, during his second presidential term (2006-10), strengthened the United States' military aid programs in Colombia, by allowing more than $463 million to enter the Colombian military with the blessings of former U.S. President George W.
According to Quijano, the Colombian drug trade is increasingly controlled by three Mexican groups, the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas and the Jalisco Nueva ... The AGC, the most powerful illegal armed group in Colombia, was formed by mid-level paramilitary commanders who claimed to be betrayed by the ...
As part of the peace accord, FARC admitted committing horrendous crimes, while also insisting that Colombian armed forces committed equally horrible violence. The military has been accused by human rights groups of cooperating with paramilitary death squads and of killing innocent civilian youths and ...
Since the evacuation of Colombia guerrilla groups, such as the FARC and the ELN in the wake of the Peace Agreements, illegal paramilitary groups have flooded into the regions and continue to enact violence against rural communities. Over the last year, hundreds of social activists, indigenous leaders, ...
The United Nation had warned late last year that Indigenous leaders, Afro-Colombians and campesinos defending their lands in Tumaco and surrounding regions were under primary targets for the paramilitaries operating in the region. Amid the killings of the local leaders, Memory's House Museum, ...
Leaders of the Community of Peace have experienced an uptick of threats and violence over the past year as around 500 members of the Gaitanist Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AGC, paramilitary group have moved into the area, El Espectador reported. AGC members are suspected of raping a ...
In November 2016, as the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) met in Bogota's Colon Theatre to sign an ... face the JEP, thereby exempting business and political figures suspected of sponsoring right-wing paramilitaries that conducted a decades-long dirty war, ...
Spanish authorities have found almost six metric tons of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment originating from Colombia, the BBC reports. ... Spain's Guardia Civil paramilitary police said three people had been arrested: a Spaniard who is believed to be the ringleader of the drugs gang, a Honduran ...
President Juan Manuel Santos celebrated the commission and expressed his truth for the 8.5 million war victims would contribute to reconciliation in the divided country. The military, demobilized Marxist FARC rebels, and former paramilitary leaders have committed to cooperative with the commission.
“An inclusive dialogue, one that draws in voices from all parts of Colombian society, will help foster a strong and lasting peace,” said Ganoune Diop, director of Public ... Since the late 1950s, Colombia has endured ongoing unrest and violence as both left-wing insurgency groups and right-wing paramilitary ...
In 2016, Colombia's government reached an historic, but highly controversial peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) paramilitary group, after more than 50 years of violent conflict. In April of this year, in a highly controversial official part of the peace plan, Colombia's ...
The shipment came from the Colombian city of Medellin and was headed for the Spanish port city of Barcelona. ... Spain's Guardia Civil paramilitary police said three people had been arrested: a Spaniard who is believed to be the ringleader of the drugs gang, a Honduran national and a Portuguese citizen.
Deportation procedures have been commenced as per law and will be carried out due to the Israeli's conduct, which has harmed Colombia's national security.” Colombian news agencies reporting on the deportation revealed details surrounding the expulsion of Moosh who was exposed as being part of a ...
"The coffee farmers were caught between the paramilitaries and the government — it was a terrible situation and fortunately that's better although there are simmering problems in Colombia to this day," he says. Coffee growers have been vulnerable for a very long time, Pendergrast says, which is not ...
Murders of trade unionists and social leaders, paramilitary activity, coca production… If we only paid attention to the mainstream media we would not get the idea that these problems are actually growing in Colombia, one year after the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC ...
The legal problems of Senator Alvaro Ashton of Colombia's Liberal Party's got even worse on Tuesday after the Supreme Court found evidence indicating he sought sex with minors. The senator was already investigated for his alleged ties to a paramilitary group in his hometown of Barranquilla and ...
A commander of Colombia's citizen security program was arrested on Saturday for allegedly providing the weapons with which paramilitaries assassinated more than 20 policemen, according to the prosecution. Major Hector Fabio Murillo was arrested in Medellin on Saturday on suspicion he provided ...
It also revealed details of the use of forced prostitution during the war with bar owners turning women and girls into sex slaves for right-wing paramilitary fighters. The report by Colombia's National Centre for Historical Memory looked at the use of sexual violence by all warring factions - paramilitaries, leftist ...
... de Colombia, FARC), other guerrilla and paramilitary groups are wrestling for control of parts of the country in conflicts that are wreaking havoc on the lives of ordinary Colombians, Amnesty International said in a new report today. Years of solitude continue explores how the Colombian Peace Agreement, ...
The former leader of Colombia's state-loyal paramilitary groups said Thursday he will take part in his country's transitional justice system, ...
... signed a peace deal with the Colombian government a year ago. ... between the Farc, government forces and right-wing paramilitaries.
Colombia's land battles shatter the peace in Cauca Valley – in pictures .... including the state and paramilitaries - trying to fill the void left by the ...
Six political events that shook Colombia in recent decades have ... El Aro Massacre" - carried out by paramilitaries in 1997 - to ARTBO visitors.
Battle for the mother land: indigenous people of Colombia fighting for their lands ... the government and the paramilitaries who once dominated the region – ending, in turn, ... The Colombian government sees things differently.
The three are among thousands of UP leaders and activists who were assassinated by extreme right paramilitary forces, sometimes in collusion ...
In 1964, in response to an attack by the Colombian military against left-wing ... threat lies with various paramilitary organizations in Colombia.
Paramilitary successor group AGC has allegedly taken control of approximately a quarter of the approximately 1,000 street gangs in Colombia's ...
FARC members and the Colombian government agreed to peace a year ... that is derailing peace in Colombia, but right-wing paramilitaries.
When the Colombian government agreed a peace deal with the ... paramilitaries are to blame for 80pc of the killings in Colombia's civil conflict, ...
In Colombia's most recent peace process with the far-right AUC paramilitary forces in the mid-2000s, Alvarez lead investigations against the ...
Reintegrate ex-militants into society, FARC, paramilitary former leaders urge ... and the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), Freddy ... Sometimes you think that the Colombian state prepared for the war ...
Three demobilized FARC members were reported missing on Tuesday after a group of alleged paramilitaries raided a farm in Remedios, ...


 

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