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07 Jul 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Tuesday 7/7/2015 - 16:20 GMT

Four countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict in the South American nation.

The appeal comes after armed clashes resumed in mid-April, following an ambush by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that left 11 soldiers dead. Each side blames the other for the escalation.

05 Jul 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Monday 7/6/2015 - 14:40 GMT

by Francisco JARA

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must make strong gestures to avoid another half-century of conflict in the South American nation, a commander for the FARC rebel group told AFP.

Peace talks in Havana aimed at ending the conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been threatened in recent weeks by renewed bloodshed.

02 Jul 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 7/3/2015 - 06:14 GMT

by Alina DIESTE

Two minor blasts have rattled the Colombian capital Bogota and injured at least 10 people, amid an uptick in violence and strains in negotiations to end the country's internal conflict.

The first blast hit in the financial heart of Bogota at about 3:45 pm (2045 GMT) on Thursday, the fire department said on Twitter, reporting a second explosion moments later at an industrial area.

27 Jun 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Saturday 6/27/2015 - 21:52 GMT

Leftist rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility Saturday for this week's attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed.

The incident took place on Monday, in the northern department of Norte de Santander.

"On June 22. ... at 12:30 pm, in ... Teorama, Norte de Santander, ELN units down Black Hawk with the plates EJC-185," the rebels said in a statement released online.

27 Jun 2015 description

Department of Nariño, Tumaco municipality. An oil spill has affected an area of 8 kilometers in the Bay of Tumaco. A health emergency has been declared in the municipality of Tumaco due to the supply of potable water to the public. 160,000 people have been affected and water is being distributed in tankers and navy ships. (ms: Caracol; El Espectador)

26 Jun 2015 description

Colombia - The Colombian government, through the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, has opened a virtual course called Learn about the Peace Process. The course looks to disseminate information about what is taking place at the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC guerrilla group in Havana. The course is designed for any interested citizen, be they Colombian or foreigner.

26 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the current upsurge in fighting in Colombia in a reversal of recent attempts to de-escalate the country’s long-standing armed conflict, the United Nations spokesperson’s office has reported.

In a statement released earlier this afternoon, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson confirmed Mr. Ban’s call to all parties to the Havana talks and the Colombian people to remain hopeful and to persist in the search for peace.

25 Jun 2015 description

The lead story in this issue of the GPS Update is an interview with Julieta Lemaitre, Associate Professor of Law at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and PRIO Global Fellow, about a project studying the political and legal mobilisation of women’s organisations in Colombia. In this issue you can also read about another PRIO Global Fellow, Heidi Hudson, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, who visited PRIO during the first week of June.

25 Jun 2015 description

As Colombians look towards the prospect of peace, violence continues in many parts of the country. Thousands of people have turned to the ICRC for emergency relief. In places like Las Mercedes, Norte de Santander, families have been caught in the crossfire, with no safe place to go.

Las Mercedes has been at the centre of armed clashes for years. Families spend the day in their homes, but when night falls, they have to find somewhere else to sleep as it's simply not safe for them to stay.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Colombia: Top Brass Linked to Extrajudicial Executions

Generals, Colonels Implicated in ‘False Positive’ Killings

23 Jun 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:23 GMT

Author: Reuters

HAVANA, June 23 (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist-led FARC guerrillas warned on Tuesday that escalating violence could damage peace talks in Cuba, where the government and insurgents are seeking a negotiated end to half a century of civil war.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

23 Jun 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 6/22/2015 - 23:44 GMT

Colombia's FARC rebels killed four soldiers and wounded six by setting a landmine that exploded when an army helicopter landed on it, officials said.

The attack Monday came as the Marxist group steps up operations as peace talks under way since late 2012 start to unravel.

On Tuesday, the FARC issued another call for a bilateral ceasefire, but rhe government has always refused, saying the rebels such truces as a chance to regroup and re-arm.

23 Jun 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Colombia contributes to the discussion at the Regional Consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit.

  • Conflict de-escalation measures were positive in humanitarian terms.

  • Colombia celebrated the National Day for Dignity of the Victims of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

22 Jun 2015 description

Colombia’s 50-year-old conflict – ongoing to this day – has displaced 6.24 million people, according to recent government figures. In several regions, Colombians continue to suffer forced recruitment, sexual violence, murders, kidnappings and severe restrictions to their movements. The conflict’s dynamics often hamper access to basic services such as health care, education and safe water, especially in remote zones.

18 Jun 2015 description
report Guardian

The Ranchería river has run dry after three years of intense drought, decades of overuse and a lifetime of public corruption in the province of La Guajira, one of Colombia’s poorest and most forgotten regions

A surprise five-minute rain shower falls like a taunt over the scorched riverbed of the Ranchería river: fat raindrops spatter in the dust but evaporate almost immediately. Nearby, a young girl and boy scoop out a bowlful of cloudy groundwater from a makeshift well to wash a few scraps of clothes.

16 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • RAINS: Heavy rains left about 8,500 people affected in Colombia, 18,500 in Nicaragua and 1,516 in Guatemala.

  • LOW TEMPERATURES: Weather frosts (temperatures at or below 0°C) have been registered in the highlands areas in Peru during this period.

  • HURRICANE SEASON: After reaching category 1 during the weekend, hurricane Carlos downgraded to tropical storm.