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The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, condemned this Monday the “terrifying silence” of the international community before the massacre of social leaders and human rights defenders in Colombia, which has accumulated more than 100 deaths so far in 2020, according to statistics from the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), available on its website.

“On Saturday, the environmentalist and social leader, Jorge Enrique Oramas, was assassinated in Colombia. There are already 100 Colombian human rights defenders selectively assassinated in 2020, in the face of the terrifying silence of the ‘International Community’. This massacre must be stopped!” Exhorted the Foreign Minister through a message on...

The magazine Semana Friday published a special investigation showing that the Colombian Army spied on journalists who were reporting on the armed conflict and military corruption.

Foreign journalists who were monitored by Colombian security forces include the New York Times correspondent Nick Casey, freelance photographer Stephen Ferry, and Lynsey Addario.

Between February and December 2019...

Over the past week we’ve witnessed a government that prefers to violently repress protesters instead of holding a meaningful dialogue.

“The ITF condemns the Colombian government’s use of lethal force against protesters and the suppression of peaceful demonstrations across the country. It is another worrying example of the deterioration of human rights in the country,” said Crumlin.

The protests...

Tomorrow, a national strike has been called for in Colombia by a broad sector in civil society to protest against the government’s policies, the lack of progress in the implementation of the peace agreement with FARC-EP, the situation of violence, which affects indigenous and rural communities, the lack of guarantees for social leaders and ex-combatants, and corruption.

Organisations and social...

PAME, a member of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), expresses its solidarity with the people of Colombia and the November 21 General Strike against the anti-labor measures of the Duque government.

The Colombian government is promoting a series of anti-workers’ measures aimed at further privatizing of social Insurance and Healthcare, while imposing more flexible labor relations with...

On 28 August 2019, Iván Márquez, a lead negotiator of the Peace Accord and former commander within the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), alongside Jesus Santrich and other ex-rebels, announced that they are rearming. Among the reasons behind this decision lie the lack of political commitment to implementing the Peace Accord, the rising number of FARC ex-combatants...

The writer and political activist Gloria Gaitán, daughter of Colombian leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, expressed through an open letter to the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, her most sincere thanks for exalting the memory of her father who fought for the people and democracy of the Republic of Colombia.

Bogota, September 4, 2019

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On Tuesday, the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, condemned on behalf of the Venezuelan people and government, the human rights violations as well as the recent massacres of indigenous leaders and Colombian ex-combatants.

“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, supports the people of Colombia and their right to peace”, said the Venezuelan...

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD,has outlined his deep concern for the political process in Colombia after the FARC had to suspend their political campaigning for the upcoming Congressionaland Presidential elections due to attacks on their campaign.

Deputy Seán Crowe said: “It is clear that the Colombian Government is failing toprotect...

FARCThe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, have ended their Congress ahead of the group's transition into a political party, as part of the peace agreement to end more than five decades of conflict. At the closing session, the FARC also confirmed their new name, the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons, leaving the group with the same acronym they have been known by for...

FARC-EPAfter the killings of FARC-EP members, paramilitaries systematically continue to kill their relatives. Marcos Calarcá, a representative of the guerrilla to the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MM & V), referred to Noticias Uno that »it is not a sporadic event, it is a plan; no one can develop those kind of operations of national impact without an organizational framework...

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