CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds a large increase in politically motivated killings during the first five months of 2020.
The 2019 report on attacks on social leaders and human rights defenders produced by Somos Defensores, a coalition of human rights groups.
An overview of conflict trends during the first four months of 2020. Notes some decrease in overall violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with armed groups enforcing restrictions and social leaders facing even more attacks.
A discussion of factors driving the difficult security situation in Cauca department.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts), the co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress, is a longtime advocate of human rights, worldwide and in Latin America.
McGovern joins WOLA in this episode for a conversation about Colombia, a country to which he has traveled several times, and where he was one of the House of Representatives’ leading advocates for the negotiations that ended with a peace accord in 2016.
We’re talking weeks after new revelations that U.S.-aided Colombian military intelligence units had been spying on human rights defenders, journalists, judges, politicians, and even fellow officers. The Congressman calls for a suspension of U.S. military assistance to Colombia while the U.S. government undertakes a top-to-bottom, “penny by penny” review of the aid program. “If there’s not a consequence, there’s no incentive to change,” he explains.
He calls for the Colombian government and the international community to do far more to protect the country’s beleaguered human rights defenders, to change course on an unsuccessful drug policy, and to fulfill the peace accords’ commitments. Human rights, Rep. McGovern concludes, should be at the center of the U.S.-Colombia bilateral relationship.
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WOLA’s latest monthly urgent update on the situation of human rights defenders and social leaders in Colombia.
A look at threats faced by social leaders in the Catatumbo region, with a thorough mapping of the security situation and illicit economies in each of 10 municipalities.
A panel discusses the security situation amid the coronavirus lockdown in Cauca and Nariño departments.
CERAC, a Bogotá-based think-tank with an extensive database of conflict information, finds an increase in deaths from politically motivated violence in April, compared to February and March.
A conversation about efforts to protect threatened social leaders, by indigenous leaders Aida Quilcué and Joe Sauca, Mateo Gómez of the human rights ombudsman’s office, and Cristian Llanos of CINEP, moderated by Juan Diego Restrepo of Verdad Abierta.
A discussion of peace accord implementation during the time of coronavirus, with María Alejandra Vélez of the Universidad de los Andes, Kyle Johnson of the Kroc Institute, and Juan Carlos Garzón of the Fundación Ideas para la Paz.
A look at the work of, and severe threats faced by, social leaders in Cauca, the department of Colombia where more leaders have been killed than anywhere else.
A portrayal of indigenous communities resisting mining projects in southern Córdoba department.
Profile of a Cauca campesino leader killed by the Army in 2017, and his effort to establish a Campesino Guard and reserve zones for small landholders.
The story of an indigenous leader killed in northern Cauca in 2018, and the legacy of his work with the Indigenous Guard.