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Death threats against journalists – or ‘disguised guerrillas’ as some in Colombia say – spike

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Death threats against journalists in Colombia have spiked so far this year, according to the press freedom foundation. Newspaper El Espectador reported Monday that the Prosecutor General’s Office promised to…

Monday, Jul 16

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FARC’s political leader renounces senate seat

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The political leader of the FARC, the group that demobilized thousands of guerrillas last year, reiterated Monday he won’t take seat in the senate on Friday. Luciano Marin, a.k.a. “Ivan…

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Colombia bans mercury in gold mining

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Colombia’s government announced Monday that it has prohibited the use of mercury in gold mining. The highly poisonous chemical will also gradually be phased out in other industries until a…

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Far right group vows to exterminate all Colombia’s social leaders

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Far-right group Aguilas Negras has vowed to “exterminate” all Colombia’s human rights defenders and social leaders, calling them “guerrillas in disguise.” In a death threat sent to dozens of organizations…

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Colombia asks Trump to urge end to Russian support for Venezuela

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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos asked his American counterpart Donald Trump to urge Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting Venezuela’s government. Santos took to Twitter on Saturday to ask…

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Dissidents trying to reunite Colombia’s demobilized FARC rebels: military

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Dissidents of the FARC are trying to bring back to life the group that demobilized thousands of guerrillas last year, according to the military. According to a military intelligence report…

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Labor and unemployment | Fact sheet

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Colombia’s labor force Colombia’s entire population, including minors and retirees, was supported by 51.5% of working Colombians, while Colombians of working age make up approximately 80.1% of the total population.…

Sunday, Jul 15

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Colombia’s prosecutions on killings by army in limbo

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Last month, Colombian lawmakers passed a bill detailing the functioning of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a judicial system negotiated with the FARC as part of the peace talks. The…

Saturday, Jul 14

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Kidnapping in Colombia | Fact sheet

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Colombia once broke global kidnapping records, but the ongoing deescalation of the armed conflict and improved law enforcement has made the practice a minor threat for public security. The practice…

Friday, Jul 13

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Colombia’s disarmed FARC rebels appear in court 54 years after first bullet

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Leaders of Colombian rebel group FARC made their first court appearance on Friday to respond for war crimes committed in a 54-year-long civil conflict that has killed more than 265,000…

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The depressing reality of Bogota’s sex industry in numbers

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A study on prostitution in Bogota is paints a violent picture of mainly women and girls who have no other option but to sell their bodies. Bogota’s Women’s Secretary interviewed…

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Colombia’s tourism statistics

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Tourism to Colombia has grown more than 300% since 2006 when 1 million foreigners visited the country.

Returning to war with ELN would put Colombia in ‘grave danger’: think tank

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If Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque returns to war with ELN rebels this would put the country in “grave danger” and come at a “high cost” the International Crisis Group (ICG)…

Thursday, Jul 12

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State officials involved in ‘elimination’ of Colombia’s social leaders: Inspector General

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Colombia’s inspector general said Wednesday that criminal organizations are working with the police and the military to assassinate community leaders and human rights defenders. According to Inspector General Fernando Carrillo, “state…

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‘Businessmen in northwest Colombia plan to kill social leaders to prevent land restitution’

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Businessmen in northwest Colombia are conspiring with death squads to assassinate social leaders to prevent the restitution of land that was stolen during the armed conflict, according to several organizations.…

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‘FARC dissidents’ kill three prosecution officials in southwest Colombia

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A dissident faction demobilized rebel group FARC killed three prosecution officials in an attack in southwest Colombia on Wednesday. Eight suspected guerrillas were arrested. The three members of the prosecution’s…

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Colombia’s new finance minister; an unapologetic Panama Papers star

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Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque on Wednesday reappointed the controversial former finance minister of his political patron, former President Alvaro Uribe. Incoming Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla is an economist and investment…

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16000 displaced in guerrilla turf war in northeast Colombia: UN

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Some 16,000 people from northwest Colombia have been displaced since fighting broke out between ELN and EPL guerrillas in mid-March, according to the United Nations. The turf war between the…

Wednesday, Jul 11

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Guerrilla turf war in southwest Colombia displaces more than 400

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More than 400 people, mostly children, have been displaced in southwest Colombia where two FARC dissident groups are fighting over control, according to the United Nations. The inhabitants of seven…

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Alleged robbers’ antique gun possibly worth more than what they wanted to steal

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Police in Colombia have arrested two men whose antique gun could be worth more than the inventory of the shop they were allegedly trying to rob. The two men were…

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Fernando Gaviria is Colombia’s brightest star at the Tour de France so far

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Ahead of the Tour de France all eyes were on Colombia’s Nairo Quintana. But the man putting Colombia on the map has been Fernando Gaviria, who won two of the…

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Santos’ last-ditch effort to save Colombia’s peace process

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Under national and international pressure, Colombia’s outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday announced increased efforts to curb the killing of social leaders. Santos announced his response to the latest…

Tuesday, Jul 10

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Colombia tries first general over mass civilian executions

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For the first time ever, an army general has apologized to victims for his alleged role in the mass execution of civilians that escalated under former President Alvaro Uribe. With…

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Colombia’s crime and security statistics

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Colombia’s ‘silent complicity’ in mass killings of social leaders

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Amnesty International (AI) bashed Colombia’s authorities on Monday over their “silent complicity” in the increased violence against social leaders and human rights defenders. The international human rights group is the…

Monday, Jul 9

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Venezuela would bomb Colombia if US attacks: lawmaker

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Venezuela could bomb Colombia if the United States launches a military intervention against the socialist-run country, according to a government-loyal lawmaker. Pedro Carreño, a member of Venezuela’s constituent assembly, said…

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Colombia’s largest paramilitary group to demobilize ‘in the coming days’

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Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said that the country’s largest illegal armed group, the AGC, will be demobilizing “in the coming days.” The demobilization would mean the end of the…

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Duque’s ‘obsession’: Colombia’s public security

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Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque’s primary “obsession” will be public security, he told Spanish news agency EFE while visiting Madrid over the weekend. Duque won the elections last month and will…

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Killing the future of Colombia’s left

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Leftist politician Gustavo Petro almost became president of Colombia last month. But the killing and threatening of his supporters is making a future run virtually impossible. One of the latest…

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Crime and security in Bogota | Fact sheet

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Bogota has traditionally enjoyed lower homicide rates than other major cities in Colombia. However, street crime in the capital is among the country’s highest. Locals’ security perception Bogota homicide rate…