Amnesty International Human Rights Report 2017/18: the state of Colombia

The state of ColombiaThe state of Colombia: background

Amnesty International Report deeply details the state of Colombia (pages 130-134). Nothing new under the sun actually, except for those who kept hope alive after the peace agreement.

According to the report, indeed, “the civilian population, especially Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant and peasant farmer communities, and human rights defenders, continued to be the main victims of the ongoing armed conflict”. Despite a decrease in the number of civilians killed in clashes between the FARC and the Colombian security forces from the start of the negotiations to signing of the Peace Agreement in 2016, the armed conflict has not ended and in some parts of the country it seemed to have intensified. (more…)

Eternal Resistants

Malcom X says: ‘If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing’.
 The day-to-day reality, which is becoming more and more difficult with every passing day, is too complex to be briefly described. Or, it might be terribly simple, so much so that it becomes trivial.
The whole population of Chocò and Buenaventura (the main Colombian port on the Pacific coast) has been on strike to denounce the complete lack of government will to face the dramatic situation concerning poverty and security, just to mention two of the main causes. (more…)

April 2017 Report: Colombia

Current Situation

According to Somos Defensores’ annual report (2016) “Information system about aggressions against human rights defenders in Colombia”, the most worrisome situation has to do with the increasing number of social leaders’ murders. Aggressions reduced of 29% from 2015 to 2016. Notwithstanding, last year were reported 80 cases of murders and 49 cases of harassment of such leaders. In 2017 the situation is not different. (more…)

February 2017 Report: Colombia

Current situation

After two months and a half since the peace agreement was signed by the government and the FARC, the main result is 7000 guerrillas entering the “transitional areas of normalization”. The FARC started to talk about inefficiency of the State, while the government can’t put in practice what they agreed on. The worrisome situation keeps on growing for, as declared by the High commissioner for peace Sergio Jaramillo, most of the peace processes fail after signing, during the implementation stage. (more…)