The multi-part story of alias “Memo Fantasma,” a paramilitary drug trafficker with a long history and a low profile, who appears to have gotten away with it.
Maximum AUC paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso is to be released from U.S. custody after 12 years. This report looks at Mancuso’s deeds, the “Justice and Peace” demobilization process, and the views of AUC victims exiled in Canada.
A wide-ranging quarterly report about the state of accord implementation, from the UN Verification Mission in Colombia. (Link at undocs.org)
Researcher Carolina Naranjo Escobar highlights the importance of social leaders for local-level state building, and steps that Colombia’s government must take to protect them.
A look at the state of financing for the Territorially Focused Development Programs (PDET) foreseen in the peace accords’ first chapter, by a think tank affiliated with the FARC party.
After the peace accord, “the national government failed to ensure a functional institutional presence in several PAs [protected areas],” and deforestation increased.
“The half-hearted implementation of the peace agreement and the persistence of violence suggest a grim outlook.”
A recounting of human rights violations committed against those forcibly detained by police during social protests in November and December 2019.
Stories of how the armed groups active in this highly conflictive zone of northeastern Antioquia department are forcing children to join their ranks.
The Colombia section of the State Department’s annual worldwide overview of human rights. (Link at state.gov)
WOLA’s latest monthly urgent update on the situation of human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia.
CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds some reduction in politically motivated murders in February compared to December and January.
Documentation of abuses that Colombian National Police committed during mostly peaceful demonstrations in late 2019.
In the Papayo indigenous reserve in the Bajo San Juan River region of southern Chocó, the community is showing severe signs of poisoning. This is due to pollutants dumped in the water by illegal precious-metals mining tied to armed groups.