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187 Ex-FARC Members Killed Since Signing Of Peace Deal: Gov’t

187 former FARC guerilla members have been assassinated over the past three years since the signing of a peace deal in 2016 between the left-wing militants and the Colombian government, according to a report by the country’s Attorney General's Office. The official investigation revealed that ex-FARC members are being increasingly targeted as 75 killings were reported in 2018, and 35 in 2017.​​​Among the victims, 183 were men, three were women and one was a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, the report detailed.

Colombia Armed FARC: Colombia Peace Only Possible With ‘Humanist Gov’t’

The "new guerrilla" movement led by former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, People's Army (FARC-EP) Ivan Marquez announced to the public Saturday it is willing to engage in "dialogue" with a “coalition.” An open letter signed "from the mountains of insurgent Colombia" by former high-ranking FARC commanders who are referring to themselves as the "New Power”, reiterates that the state’s failings to follow through with the 2016 Havana Peace Accords is what led the minority faction to return to arms. According to the ‘New Power’ that announced its rearmament Aug. 29 via a 32-minute Youtube video...

FARC-EP Commanders Resume Armed Struggle Against Colombian Government

In response to the “betrayal of the “Peace Accords” by the Colombian state signed in Havana in 2016, a group of commanders of the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP)announced Thursday the beginning of a new stage of struggle. Through a communiqué, the leader of the insurgent group, Iván Márquez, invoked the universal right of peoples to rise up in arms against oppression.”Our strategic objective is the peace of Colombia with social justice … that is our flag, the flag of peace,” confirmed Marquez. Among those who accompanyig him are leaders Jesús Santrich and Hernán Darío Velásquez, El Paisa, who are facing open cases before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. The group denounced the continued assassinations of social leaders and demobilized ex-combatants.

133 Former FARC Members Assassinated Since Peace Agreement Signed In 2016

Servio Delio Cuasaluzán Guanga was murdered on Monday in Colombia, specifically at El Palmar point, Chabú village, municipality of Ricaurte (Nariño), and became former FARC guerrilla number 133 found dead since the signing of the Peace agreement in 2016. There are another 11 that no one knows anything about, they are still “disappeared” by force. During this last week, the party “Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común” leapt from one duel to the next. There were four murdered. Report after report came in: on Monday the victims were Ánderson Pérez (in Cauca) and Daniel Esterilla (in Nariño); on Wednesday, it was Carlos Miranda’ s turn, at the hands of the Public Force (in Meta), and yesterday, Servio Delio Cuasaluzán. The political party blamed the government...

FARC Leader Jesus Santrich Freed At Top Court’s Order

Colombia's Prosecutor office announced Thursday the release of Jesus Santrich, less than a day after the country's Supreme Court ordered his release, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. From prison, Santrich went to the headquarters of the People's Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia (FARC). They will give a press conference soon from the headquarters. After that, he will go to the Colombian Congress to take his position as an elected lawmaker.

Colombia Votes: A Divided Left, A Fragile Peace

If Duque—heavily favored to win—assumes power, the already fragile accords will falter and the country will return to right-wing uribismo. If Duque—heavily favored to win—assumes power, the already fragile accords will falter and the country will return to right-wing uribismo. A Petro win, on the other hand, would represent an unprecedented national experiment with a progressive, pro-peace government. As Juanita León of La Silla Vacía explained, this election is about “whether the peace accords will be the roadmap for the future of Colombia or whether they will simply be marginal policy guaranteeing that the demobilized don’t return to arms.”

Ex-FARC Members Create Self-Sufficient, Socialist-Modeled Town

Ximena Narvaez, delegate to the Territorial Council of Reincorporation, explained that the community "works collectively, each person has a role." Colombia's first town of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels was established between gorges and mountains in the south of the department of Caqueta just two months ago. In La Montanita, now called Hector Ramirez zone in honor of a guerrilla fighter from the FARC's southern bloc where some 200 former fighters have settled and created a socialist village after handing over their weapons as part of the November 2016 peace accord signed between the FARC and the Colombian government. They've built about 60 homes of drywall that are raised on concrete bases, assigned collective work projects, and created an equitable economy where all of the local resources are shared among the community.

An Open Letter To Fensuagro, Marcha Patriótica And All Colombian People

By Staff of AFGJ - It is with deep sorrow that we write to express our condolences for the recent assaults against your organizations and against the entire process for peace. We have learned that 72 human and labor rights defenders, peace activists, indigenous leaders and environmentalists were assassinated in 2016 alone. In the four years of its existence, 125 members of the Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March) popular movement for peace have lost their lives. We are dismayed by the campaign of paramilitary violence that has occurred leading up to and following the October 2nd Peace Referendum.

What’s New About Colombia’s ‘New’ FARC-Govt Peace Deal?

By Staff of Tele Sur - Opponents of the peace deal submitted over 400 proposals for drastic changes, but negotiators largely tweaked the agreement rather than overhauling it. Colombia’s fraught peace process hit a breakthrough Saturday as the government and the largest rebel army, the FARC, signed a revised agreement to bring an end to over half a century of civil war after the deal was narrowly defeated at the ballot box last month.

After 50 Years Of War, A Chance At Peace

By Mario Murillo for The Indypendent - '"Only in Colombia do we have to vote on whether or not we want to live in peace,” someone posted on Twitter recently, referring to the upcoming referendum on whether to ratify the historic peace agreement between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). On Oct. 2, Colombians will go to the polls and answer a simple question with either a “yes” or a “no

Colombia Peace Deal Resounds In Farc’s Heartland

By Sibylla Brodzinsky for The Guardian - ‘I can’t believe this is really happening. This is a great day for Colombia,’ says Alonso Cardoza from the remote town of Uribe where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia formally took its name. A large screen hanging in a multipurpose court projects images residents of the remote town of Uribe never believed they’d see. They watched from a region that came to be known as Farc’s headquarters as, 800km (500 miles) away in Cartagena, a peace deal was signed between the government and guerrilla force to end 52 years of war.

Colombia: A Moment Of Great Promise

By Colombia Support Network. We celebrate the agreement between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government to end 52 years of armed conflict through a verifiable agreement for a bilateral ceasefire. We fervently hope that the serious issues facing Colombia can now be addressed through dialogue and negotiation, without any party seeking to enforce its concepts through a call to arms. The transitional justice system, while complicated and sure to be very costly, holds great promise for a lasting peace with social justice, as long as a strong commitment by the government and civilian society supports the application of the procedures decided upon. The presence of the international community in support of the agreement to end the armed conflict and to submit the final agreement for approval by the Colombian people gives assurance that a very substantial effort will be made to carry through the points of the agreement.

Activists Arrested For Bogotá Bombing Without Evidence

By Kate Aronoff in Waging Nonviolence - On the morning of July 8, the district attorney of Colombia, in coordination with the National Police, rounded up and arrested 16 people for their alleged connection to a bombing in the capital city of Bogotá a few days earlier. Today, those arrested sit in their cells awaiting indictment. The question being asked by the country’s activists, progressive media and a growing base of skeptics outside of the cellblock is whether they’ve done anything wrong. Despite a marked lack of evidence, Colombian President Manuel Santos has pinned the attack on the National Liberation Army — the country’s second largest terrorist group next to the FARC. Following the raids, Santos’ Defense Ministry further claimed that the suspects were “acting in the name of the ELN,” the Spanish abbreviation of the rebel group.
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