Monthly reports

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…)

January 2017 Report: Colombia

Current Situation

It has been difficult to digest Colombian Ministry of defense Villegas’ words. Last January 11th, in a radio interview he declared: “In Colombia there is no paramilitarism. To say that there is paramilitarism would be to give political recognition to a group of bandits who are dedicated to common and organized crime. There are murders but they are not systematic. If there were, I would be the first to accept it”. (more…)

December 2016 Report: Colombia

Current situation

During the last Peace Community General Assembly the Jesuit father Javier Giraldo (defender of human rights and accompanier of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadò) explained the new situation in relation to the peace agreement. He talked about the last developments of the peace process in Colombia, and about what has been happening after the signature of the new agreement. (more…)

November 2016 Report: Colombia

Current situation

In November, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has carried out a series of missions on the field to gain more precise information on what is happening in the country, especially in the zones mainly stroke by the armed conflict. In the middle of the month, a bilateral and definitive cease-fire between the Government and the FARC was violated after 80 days it was implemented. The armed conflict costed two deaths to the guerrilla and the fragility of the “shotgun’ silence” is getting more evident, in a contest of total incertitude after the victory of the NO at the referendum. (more…)