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‘We apologize’: former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is examining kidnappings and disappearances that...

Costa Ricans To Participate in Colombia’s Peace Process

Three Costa Ricans will serve as observers of the peace process in Colombia, which seeks to consolidate after the signing of a bilateral agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC). They are  Silvia Álvarez, Hildalina Alemán and Leonor Canales, the officials of...

US Ambassador to Colombia Says FARC Hasn’t Earned Removal from List of Terrorist Organizations

“What does the agreement say?” Whitaker asked. “It says that the FARC need to provide information about drug trafficking so that research can give way to a judicial follow-up, which has not happened.” . Photo César Melgarejo / EL TIEMPO The United States Ambassador to...

Colombia Struggles To Deliver Justice In Army ‘Cash-For-Kills’ Scandal

Colombian soliders on parade in Bogota. EPA/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is...

Colombia’s FARC to Become Political Party With New Name, Same Acronym

Colombia’s formerly largest armed insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is set to turn into a political party with the same acronym, Luciano Marin Arango, also known as "Ivan Marquez," said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, President Juan Juan Manuel Santos announced...

Despite Peace Talks, ELN Guerrillas Continue Expansion

(Insightcrime.org) When Latin America’s oldest insurgency, the FARC, officially becomes a political party, their cousins in the ELN will assume the status of Colombia’s most powerful guerrilla army. But while the ELN are also talking of a peaceful exit, signs on the ground point...

FARC Officially Becomes A Political Party On Sept. 1

Colombia’s FARC rebels will officially transform into a political party on September 1, a major step in reintegrating the former guerillas into civilian life as part of a historic peace deal. “We will publicly launch the party on September 1 in the Plaza de Bolivar,”...

Does the peace treaty with the FARC mean a new future for Colombia?

Peace in Colombia: An act of faith The famous Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote, “Being Colombian is an act of faith”. After the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (also known by their Spanish initials as FARC), laid down its arms last week as...

Colombian militants have a new plan for the country, and it’s called ‘insurgent feminism’

Women transitioning from the front lines to civilian life are bringing with them some pretty high expectations of equality. Federico Rios/Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA – When Victoria Sandino, a long-time fighter in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), joined the guerrilla organisation’s peace talks with...

Colombian rebels turn to parenting

During the 52-year war, rebel women FARC fighters were obliged to use birth control. Those who became pregnant were made to leave their babies with family members, or even forced to terminate their pregnancy. FARC rebel couple Jerly Suarez (L) and Vicente Pulecio walk to...

Colombia peace deal faces tough challenges

Next year, Colombian voters will go to the polls to choose a new president and a new congress, and the FARC are supposed to take part in the electoral process for the first time In Colombia, a peace process between Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC)...

For Colombian rebels, a risky shift from armed revolt to party politics

TODAY COLOMBIA, Camille Boutron, Universidad de los Andes – By now, the numerous hindrances to Colombia’s peace process are well documented, from the inadequate FARC centralisation zones and the tight disarmament and reintegration schedule to a much-criticised amnesty law and the frequent assassinations...

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBIA – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations as part of the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016, to end Latin America’s...

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

TODAY COLOMBIA – Since the landmark Colombian peace deal came into force last December, the Farc rebel group has been been experiencing a baby boom. During the 50 year-long conflict, female Farc fighters were banned from getting pregnant and some were even forced to have...

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the country's stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. Speaking before...

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

TODAY COLOMBIA from Insightcrime.org / At least four criminal groups are apparently running the illegal economies in the port of Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast, which is resulting in homicides and mass community displacement. Tumaco, the site of battles for former FARC turfAs the Revolutionary...

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

People sing the national anthem in Cali, Colombia, on June 23, 2016 celebrating the peace agreement between the Colombian governenment and the FARC leftist guerrilla to be signed today in Havana, taking one of the last crucial steps toward ending Latin America’s longest civil...

UN Officials Party with FARC Guerrillas They Are Supposed to Monitor

A video which shows UN and FARC members enjoying New Year’s Eve together, has caused a stir on social mediaTODAY COLOMBIA – The news agency EFE recently published videos in which members of the United Nations verification mission are observed dancing with FARC guerrillas...

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

In 150 days, all FARC weapons will be in the hands of the United Nations: President Santos, speaking in Bogota on November 30. TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS- Colombia’s Congress has ratified a revised version of the peace accord with the FARC, a positive sign of political...

Revised Peace Deal Signed in Colombia

Presidente Juan Manuel Santos holds the “pen” used to sign the new deal, the “Nuevo Acuerdo de Paz para Colombia”. The leader of the FARC, Rodrigo Londoño looks on during the ceremony Thursday morning in the Teatro Colón de BogotáTODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – Insightcrime.org...

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

A peace mural is painted near the road leading to Planadas, Colombia, where a peasant uprising in 1964 led to the birth of the FARC.(TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-Chronicles.com – I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Colombia’s peace agreement with the...

An End to FARC’s ‘Revolutionary Tax’

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said the tax is no longer necessary in light of the upcoming peace deal with the Colombian government. Leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) patrol by a roadway near to San Vicente de Caguan, Caqueta...

Is Colombia Headed Back to the Bad Old Times?

(TODAY COLOMBIA) -- In Sunday's El Tiempo, the coincidence of two headlines sent a disturbing message about the danger of bad old times returning. In the upper left-hand corner, a report about the end of the informal truce between the government and the FARC guerrillas....

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