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The FARC's top political leader, “Ivan Marquez,” said Tuesday that he will not take office as senator unless one of the group's main ideologues is released from jail. Marquez, whose real name is Luciano Marin, told public television network Canal 1 that the recent arrest of “Ivan Santrich” on a US drug ...
Conservatives in Colombia are concerned that a feared former FARC commander could be rearming guerrilla forces after he abandoned the camp where he was leading the reintegration of demobilized guerrillas. “El Paisa” was the feared commander of the elite Teofilo Forero column before demobilizing ...

FARC, which formed in the 1960s as a left wing rebel group, demobilised thousands of fighters and surrendered their weapons to UN monitors under the terms of the deal. In return, the majority of FARC members were granted amnesty for crimes committed during the war. Five senate seats and five ...
The prime suspect in a drug trafficking case implicating the ideologue of Colombia's demobilized FARC guerrilla group has disappeared from the US prison information system, according to local media. Marlon Marin, the nephew of FARC leader “Ivan Marquez,” was arrested in Colombia last week on ...
With concerns mounting over the aftermath of Colombia's peace deal with the FARC rebels, Ecuador's government has announced it will no longer host negotiations between Colombia and the ELN guerrillas, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the attempted peace process. Government officials in ...
A FARC spokesman said in a statement posted to Twitter that Santrich's arrest was the "worst moment" of the peace process. Santrich was a member of FARC's main delegation at the negotiations that led to the peace deal being announced in Cuba. Under that agreement, former FARC combatants were ...

El Estrecho, Colombia - For more than 35 years, Blanca Ducuara Gomez lived in Colombia's mountains, patrolling the countryside as a member of the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). But today she lives in a FARC disarmament camp (also known as ...
Hundreds of former militia members of the FARC, the Colombian guerrilla group that demobilized 14,000 people last year, are suspected of controlling the border area after being blocked from a peace process. A dissident faction under the command of “Guacho,” an Ecuadorean citizen, allegedly controls ...
Colombia's Air Force has killed nine dissident militants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who did not accept the 2016 peace treaty, the Defense Ministry said Monday. The ministry said in a written statement that an airstrike was carried out on the first and seventh fronts of the FARC ...
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Around 1,200 former members of Colombia's FARC rebel group did not demobilize under a peace deal and instead joined dissident factions ... FARC dissidents have joined crime gangs and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels on the list of the country's top security threats since ...
Human rights lawyer Sandra Rocha Kuan, who is of Colombian origin and now lives in Spain for her own personal safety, explained to the News Letter why Colombians rejected Farc at the polls. “We must remember that the Farc are responsible for a long war in which they have caused more than 100,000 ...
More than 80 human rights activists were killed in Colombia in 2017 despite a recent peace deal ending a decades-long civil war, the United Nations said on Friday. The conflict between the government and the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killed about 200,000 people before FARC renounced ...
Less than two weeks before the election, FARC suspended its campaign over safety concerns. The FARC say they were targeted by orchestrated protests from critics of the peace accord and the Democratic Centre, a right-wing political party, but analysts also highlight that the group is "despised" by many in ...
There will be a clear majority from the right and centre that favour Colombia's macroeconomic stability and openness to foreign direct investment, including possible corporate tax cuts. Support for the FARC peace process is finely balanced with single-digit majorities supporting its implementation; a full ...
COLOMBIA-ELECTION-PARLIAMENTARY-CALARCA Luis Alberto Alban Urbano, aka Marcos Calarca, deputy candidate for the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) political party, arrives at a polling station in Cali, Valle del Cauca Department, during parliamentary elections in Colombia on ...
Colombia's former FARC guerrilla group is making its electoral debut as a recognized political party in congressional elections on Sunday. The FARC became a political party in December 2016, after signing a peace deal with the Colombian government that ended 52 years of bloody civil conflict in which ...
FARC fought the Colombian government for more than over 50 years before signing a peace deal with the government in 2016. They gave up their weapons and turned into a political party, but their arrival in politics has proven far from simple. Al Jazeera's as Alessandro Rampietti reports from Tierralta, ...

BOGOTA, Colombia – The ex-rebel leader running for president of Colombia for the former leftist guerrillas of the FARC said Wednesday, February 28, their peace deal with the government is in serious danger. Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono, the leader of the political party launched by the former ...
Since 2012, Santos' government had been negotiating with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), an armed group that fought the Colombian state for over 50 years. In August 2016, negotiators announced a final agreement to end the conflict that had left 220,000 people dead and ...
Funding for the implementation of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group has come under increased scrutiny recently, with a series of accusations and investigations into alleged corruption threatening to undermine not just the government's credibility but perhaps the historic peace deal ...
Bogota, Colombia - The arrest of a former top FARC commander last week has put an already fragile peace deal under further strain, but could help bolster the peace process in the long run, depending on how the charges are carried out, according to analysts. The deal between the left-wing rebel ...
On March 11, Colombians vote in what could be the biggest test of the country's democracy in decades. For the first time, the now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, will compete at the polls as a newly formed political party. No matter how it performs, the FARC, now known as ...
Colombia's authorities are increasing pressure on demobilized FARC guerrillas after the prosecutor general began investigations into assets that could be hidden from authorities. The guerrillas have insisted that they reported all the assets they obtained in more than 50 years of armed conflict and that ...
Since 2012, Santos' government had been negotiating with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), an armed group that fought the Colombian state for over 50 years. In August 2016, negotiators announced a final agreement to end the conflict that had left 220,000 people dead and ...
Reports of the growing influence of Mexican cartels over criminal groups and drug trafficking in Colombia are raising questions about what role Mexican organized crime is taking in the post-FARC criminal underworld. In January, Colombia's conflict ombudsman, Carlos Negret, issued an alert about the ...
Ex-FARC commander “Gentil Duarte” has risen to the top of Colombia's most-wanted list, but the relatively unknown figure turned public enemy number one may be a less significant threat than the hefty price on his head suggests. The Colombian government has named Miguel Botache Santillana, alias ...
BOGOTA: Colombian armed forces on Wednesday stepped up security after mobs broke windows and stole food at 16 supermarkets in Bogota and other cities that the government said are a front for hiding assets of former FARC rebels. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of stone-throwing youths and made ...
President Santos joined researchers, keen to show the world that peace with the FARC is bringing with it new opportunities for environmental research in Colombia. Three new species were presented to Santos Wednesday. Each of the new discoveries have been given names inspired by peace such as ...
BOGOTA: Colombian armed forces on Wednesday stepped up security after mobs broke windows and stole food at 16 supermarkets in Bogota and other cities that the government said are a front for hiding assets of former FARC rebels. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of stone-throwing youths and made ...
The FARC claimed Monday that livestock and vehicles meant for the reparation of Colombia's conflict victims have been stolen amid delays to surrender these assets to government authorities. The former rebels called on the transitional justice tribunal to come up with urgent measures to speed up the entry ...
The large-scale seizure of FARC-linked assets is likely to reinforce the perception that the rebel group is not fully committed to the terms of the peace agreement, particularly when it comes to using its assets to provide reparations for victims. As part of the peace deal, the FARC listed the total value of its ...
As the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or the FARC by its Spanish acronym, Rodrigo Londono had commanded thousands of men and women in a campaign for a radical Marxist revolution. But Londono also guided the militia to a peace deal in 2016, vowing to turn it into a political ...
“Guerilla journalism” is a term used to describe citizens who report on stories and use their cellular phones to post them on social media platforms. In Colombia, that term has taken on new meaning as former guerillas for the FARC rebel army have launched their own media network. They are making it their ...
The new courts have not begun work, coca production is still soaring and many rural towns do not have a single police officer. The National Liberation Army, a rebel group that did not sign the deal, has stepped up attacks. Public resentment simmers, with some people saying that the FARC rebels got off too ...
Colombia's former FARC Marxist rebel group has temporarily suspended its campaign for upcoming parliamentary elections due to security threats to its candidates. FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo announced the party's decision on Friday in the capital, Bogota. "We have decided to suspend campaign ...
The killing of FARC members also is a reminder of the past: In the 1980s, thousands of members were slaughtered by paramilitary groups when they last attempted to come out of the shadows, forming a party known as the Patriotic Union. That memory, many say, is behind the caution in the current election.
Colombia's FARC rebels have gone from being the news to running the news. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia demobilized in 2016 after signing a peace agreement, and thousands of rebels are trying to re-enter civilian life. Many are looking for new projects, and for some, that's journalism.
The Revolutionary Armed forces of Colombia or FARC will participate in a presidential race for the first time since the group was founded in the 1960s. Sputnik spoke with Oscar Moreno Martinez, researcher at the University of Edinburgh, to gain insight on how Colombian politics will develop in 2018.
While the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, have signed a peace deal with the government and entered politics, many guerrillas of the E.L.N. seem bent on pressing their long battle against the state. On Monday, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, whose government ...
Ecuador's defense minister on Monday blamed dissents from the demobilized Marxist-inspired FARC for the bombing of a police station that left 28 people injured at the weekend. The car bomb exploded on Saturday outside a barracks in the town of San Lorenzo injuring members of the local police force ...
The FARC became a political party last year, after signing a peace deal with the Colombian government in 2016 that ended 52 years of bloody civil conflict. They turned in their weapons to the United Nations — more than 8,000 guns and 1.3 million pieces of ammunition — in a successful disarmament ...
Since the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC in November 2016, thousands of guerrilla troops have demobilised from many corners of the country, mainly from isolated areas full of rich ecosystems. This has opened up areas that just a few years ago were too dangerous to ...
BOGOTA - Two former fighters from Colombia's FARC rebels were killed in Antioquia province after campaigning for a political candidate for the now-demobilized guerrilla group, the FARC said in a statement on Wednesday. Thousands of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ...
You will be sleeping deep in Colombian jungle, walking along paths that wind through what was once a no-go area and eating basic food cooked in a makeshift oven. If that sounds appealing, maybe a stay at the Farc hotel is for you? If you want to experience life as it was lived by the members of the ...
The FARC leader issued the communication to members with specific instructions as to how to go about their campaign in the face of the challenges he perceives to be of relevance, “You have to be alert when traveling, make sure you get to where you want to go- do not venture to risky places…we have to ...
Davidson is an explosives expert for the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia's largest rebel army following last year's landmark peace deal and demobilisation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). At its peak, the Farc was present in almost a third of Colombia's territory, but the ELN ...
Cartagena, Colombia, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Peace in Colombia is going through one of its most difficult times, the FARC said here at a meeting to ... The former guerrilla movement, turned into the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC) party, noted that the Havana Agreement has not ...
Disillusion set in soon after Tavarich and 443 other ex-combatants arrived at the La Carmelita camp in Putumayo – one of Colombia's most remote regions and previously a Farc stronghold. Expecting to find a safe space dedicated to reintegrating them back into civilian life, they were dismayed to find “an ...
On Wednesday Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, issued a presidential decree ordering all national entities included in the national budget to prioritize spending "directed to financing and executing the different actions demanded by the process of reincorporation of FARC-EP members.".
Colombia's former guerrilla group FARC, now a legitimate political party, has denounced the murder of one of its members in Ituango, in the province of Antioquia. The victim, Jhon Jairo Ortiz Betancur, was one of the FARC members benefiting from a political pardon. He had recently been released from ...


 

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