Published by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime on October 20, 2021.
“Examines criminal governance during the pandemic of three groups based in Tumaco: the Alfonso Cano Western Bloc (BOAC), the United Guerrillas of the Pacific (GUP) and the Contadores (Accountants).”
Organized Crime, Public Health, Security Deterioration, Tumaco
October 20, 2021
Publicado por La Liga Contra el Silencio el 3 de diciembre de 2020.
Warnings of security deterioration in the Caribbean city due to the presence of criminal groups that can trace their heritage back to the old AUC paramilitaries.
Magdalena, Organized Crime, Paramilitarism, Security Deterioration
December 3, 2020
Publicado por La Liga Contra el Silencio el 26 de octubre de 2020.
Contends that an entire web of uninvestigated organized-crime activity lies behind the August 11 massacre of five minors in a marginal Cali neighborhood.
Human Rights, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration, Valle del Cauca
October 26, 2020
Publicado por la Fundación Ideas para la Paz el 26 de octubre de 2020.
A look at the security situation amid the health crisis in Catatumbo, southern Córdoba, and Antioquia’s northeast and Bajo Cauca regions.
Antioquia, Bajo Cauca, Catatumbo, Cordoba, Organized Crime, Public Health, Security Deterioration
October 26, 2020
Publicado por La Silla Vacía el 21 de octubre de 2020.
A non-aggression pact between criminal groups has broken in the embattled port city in southwest Colombia.
Narino, Organized Crime, Public Health, Security Deterioration, Tumaco
October 21, 2020
Publicado por Verdad Abierta el 29 de agosto de 2020.
Summarizes recent ombudsman (Defensoría) alerts about the threats to the population of southwestern Antioquia department resulting from increased organized crime and neo-paramilitary activity.
Antioquia, Drug Trafficking, Gulf Clan, Illegal Mining, Organized Crime
August 29, 2020
Publicado por Semana el 30 de julio de 2020.
Colombia has suffered four massacres in the previous two weeks.
Armed Groups, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
July 30, 2020
Publicado por Verdad Abierta el 27 de julio de 2020.
The ELN is the largest of several armed groups operating, and mostly fighting each other bitterly, along the border between Norte de Santander department and Venezuela.
Armed Groups, Borders, Colombia-Venezuela border, ELN, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
July 27, 2020
Publicado por Semana el 22 de julio de 2020.
A narco-criminal organization has taken control of politics and corruption in La Guajira, one of Colombia’s poorest departments.
Corruption, Human Rights, La Guajira, Organized Crime
July 22, 2020
Publicado por Verdad Abierta el 21 de julio de 2020.
An overview, relying on studies from the
Defensoría, of recent criminal gang dynamics in Medellín.
Antioquia, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
July 21, 2020
Publicado por Semana el 18 de junio de 2020.
Revelations about a network of military personnel involved in weapons trafficking to criminal groups.
Civil-Military Relations, Corruption, Organized Crime
June 18, 2020
Carlos Lehder, a top leader of the Medellín cartel in the 1980s who pioneered aerial cocaine transshipment to the United States, completes a lengthy sentence in U.S. prison. A dual citizen of Germany, the 70-year-old Lehder
departs for Berlin.
Extradition, Organized Crime, U.S. Policy
June 16, 2020
El Espectador reveals the existence of “Code Black,” a corruption network within the U.S.-funded Antinarcotics Directorate of Colombia’s National Police. Starting in 2017, police whistleblowers began denouncing embezzlement and a scheme to use wiretaps to shake down narcotraffickers for money. The Prosecutor-General’s Office’s (Fiscalía’s) investigation has since moved very slowly.
Photo source: . El Espectador
Corruption, Drug Policy, Organized Crime
June 14, 2020
Publicado por la Fundación Paz y Reconciliación el 10 de junio de 2020.
Examines how Mexican drug trafficking organizations have financed and linked up with Colombian counterparts during the post-accord period.
Drug Trafficking, Mexico, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
June 10, 2020
Publicado por Semana el 10 de junio de 2020.
A discussion with experts about the activities of Mexican criminal organizations in Colombia.
Mexico, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
June 10, 2020
Publicado por 360-grados.co via Verdad Abierta el 9 de junio de 2020.
Sounds the alarm about the growing presence of the Gulf Clan and Pachencas neo-paramilitary groups in three Caribbean coast departments.
Cesar, Drug Trafficking, Gulf Clan, La Guajira, Magdalena, Organized Crime, Paramilitarism, Security Deterioration
June 9, 2020
Published by SSRN on June 5, 2020.
U.S. researchers explore forced disappearance and other security dynamics at the Colombia-Venezuela border region in Norte de Santander department.
Borders, Colombia-Venezuela border, Forced Disappearance, Human Rights, Norte de Santander, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
June 5, 2020
Publicado por El Espectador el 7 de mayo de 2020.
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.
Attacks on social leaders, Catatumbo, Coca, ELN, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
May 7, 2020
Publicado por Semana el 5 de mayo de 2020.
The security and human rights situation amid fighting between armed groups along the Colombia-Venezuela border.
Armed Groups, Borders, Human Rights, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration, Venezuela Crisis
May 5, 2020
Publicado por Verdad Abierta el 30 de abril de 2020.
A summary of findings, from the Ombudsman’s Office’s early warning system, about the dire situation in Puerto López, Puerto Gaitán, and Cabuyaro.
Armed Groups, Dissident Groups, Meta, Organized Crime, Security Deterioration
April 30, 2020
decree lowers judicial penalties to members of criminal groups who agree to demobilize peacefully and submit to the High Commissioner for Peace.
It does not apply to the ELN, whose “political character” the state
recognizes, making benefits available to individual ELN deserters. It applies instead to FARC dissident groups, the Gulf Clan and Caparros neo-paramilitary groups, and the Pelusos or EPL. These are the groups that, according to the government, meet the Geneva Conventions Protocol II definition of those “which, under responsible command, exercise such control over a part of its territory as to enable them to carry out sustained and concerted military operations.”
Armed Groups, Demobilization Disarmament and Reintegration, High Commissioner for Peace, Justice System, Organized Crime
April 28, 2020