A history of how deeply ingrained the practice of kidnapping was for the FARC during the conflict.
A narrative of how illegal timber traders corrupted security, judicial, and other government officials in Santander.
Social leaders are also under attack in the poor and working-class neighborhoods of Bogotá.
Explores appropriate possible roles for the armed forces in combating rising deforestation.
The annual security situation overview produced by researchers at Bogotá’s Fundación Paz y Reconciliación.
Poor maintenance to a victims’ memorial in Antioquia is emblematic of how Colombia’s historical memory initiatives are “floundering.”
A review of data in Colombia, Peru, and Chile finds that “Venezuelan immigrants commit substantially fewer crimes than the native born, relative to their share in the overall population.”
A very critical book-length set of studies and essays about the human rights and peace implementation situation two years into the Duque government.
A blow-by-blow account of the massacre that took the lives of 5 young people in a poor Cali neighborhood on August 11.
Explains how communities have used a mechanism in Colombian law to defend against aggressive forced coca eradication and a return to aerial herbicide spraying.
The security situation worsens in the Bajo Cauca region of northeastern Antioquia, a coca and cocaine-producing region with presence of two paramilitary groups, FARC dissidents, and ELN.
A summary of a more detailed scientific study of risks to reproductive health posed by glyphosate, the herbicide that the U.S. and Colombian governments wish to resume spraying from aircraft over coca-growing areas.
A detailed discussion of the FARC’s demobilization, disarmament, and initial reintegration process.
A narrative of the Havana peace process with the FARC, focusing on how negotiators dealt with key questions.
A narrative of the period of informal talks that led to the 2012 launch of formal peace negotiations between Colombia’s government and the FARC.
Recently declassified U.S. government documents from the 1990s attest to the Colombian military’s low morale and collaboration with paramilitary groups.
An investigation points to evidence that an Italian volunteer with the UN Verification Mission may have been murdered for reporting on a military bombardment that killed several child recruits.
A regularly updated collection of official security, defense, and counter-drug statistics. (Link at mindefensa.gov.co)
Profiles of four victims of a recent wave of massacres around the country, nearly all of whose victims have been young people.
Summarizes recent ombudsman (Defensoría) alerts about the threats to the population of southwestern Antioquia department resulting from increased organized crime and neo-paramilitary activity.
A rundown of the 1997 paramilitary massacre in Antioquia that, some allege, received support from the office of then-governor Álvaro Uribe.
Profile of brothers from an elite family in Cesar, an emblematic case of land concentration and support for paramilitarism.
In a lengthy interview, Martín Cruz Vega, the FARC party’s communications director, discusses the group’s disarmament and demobilization.
Colombia’s conflict has devolved into a series of localized conflict with different armed actors.
An accounting of the country’s worsening wave of multiple killings.