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Colombia News Brief for January 29, 2016

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Welcome to LAWG’s Colombia News Brief, a compilation of this week’s top articles and reports on issues of peace, justice, human rights, and more in Colombia.

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The Peace Process

•    ‘Colombia es un líder cada vez más importante’: Barack Obama
Julio Sánchez Cristo, El Tiempo, 23 de enero de 2016
“La verdadera paz no es simplemente la ausencia de guerra. Cualquier acuerdo de paz debe ser implementado. Y la paz verdadera requiere seguridad, oportunidades y que se respeten los derechos humanos de todas las personas, incluyendo a quienes habitan en áreas rurales, [dice Presidente Obama]”.

•  U.N. Security Council creates mission to verify a Colombia peace deal
Michelle Nichols, Reuters, January 25, 2017
“The United Nations Security Council on Monday approved the creation of a U.N. mission of unarmed international observers to monitor disarmament should Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels reach a deal to end Latin America’s longest war.”

   La ONU aprueba la misión que verificará el fin del conflicto en Colombia
Javier LaFuente, El País, 25 de enero de 2016
“Con la resolución de la ONU, el proceso de paz que desde hace más de tres años se desarrolla en La Habana, recibe un respaldo incondicional por parte de la comunidad internacional”.

•   Latin American states ready to oversee Colombia peace
Colombia Reports, 28 de enero de 2016
“Colombia’s regional neighbors are willing to send representatives for a UN mission to monitor the end of the country’s half-century conflict under a hoped-for peace deal with FARC rebels, leaders said Wednesday.”

•   Con apoyo de Celac estamos dando un paso muy importante en la búsqueda de la paz: Santos
El Espectador27 de enero de 2016
“Con la disposición de los países de la Celac a participar en la verificación del cese al fuego y de hostilidades y la dejación de las armas, “estamos dando un paso muy importante, adicional, en la búsqueda de la paz” en Colombia, dijo el presidente, Juan Manuel Santos”.

•   Colombia pide a la Unión Europea apoyo en la aplicación de acuerdos del proceso de paz
Noticias RCN, 28 de enero de 2016
“Colombia pidió este jueves a la Unión Europea (UE) apoyo en la aplicación de los acuerdos firmados por el Gobierno y las FARC en el marco de las negociaciones de paz, y consideró que la experiencia de países como Italia y España puede ser útil para resolver algunos de los puntos aún pendientes”.

•   Colombia conflict violence drops to pre-FARC levels: Observers
Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports, January 22, 2016
“Ever since the FARC took up weapons in 1964, conflict-related levels of violence have never been as low as registered in the past half year.”

•   Colombia frees 16 FARC rebels as part of peace deal
BBC21 de enero de 2016
“The rebels were released in a “goodwill gesture” in return for Farc’s unilateral ceasefire in July, the government’s peace negotiators…They are the first of a group of 30 to be pardoned.”

•   Women are key to making peace last in war-torn Colombia
Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Washington Office on Latin America, January 19, 2016
“Colombian women have borne the brunt of the conflict not only as victims but also as agents in reconstructing their communities in difficult post-atrocity conditions. Colombia’s vibrant civil society includes at least 16 national women’s networks, and women play an integral part in hundreds of important civil associations.”

Human Rights

•   Missing and consigned to oblivion: the tragedy of Colombia’s unmarked graves
International Committee of the Red Cross, January 27, 2016
“In Colombia there are registers listing some 78,000 missing persons. But we’ll never know how many there really are. Many are buried in unmarked graves (bearing the letters ‘NN’) in hundreds of Colombia’s cemeteries. Others didn’t even get a proper grave and were buried with other unidentified bodies.”

•   Colombia finally cracks down on a horrific wave of acid attacks against women
Simeon Tegel, Public Radio International, 21 enero de 2016
“Under the new law, signed Monday, anyone using any kind of ‘chemical agent’ to physically harm another person will receive a minimum sentence of 12 years behind bars. If the victim is permanently disfigured, the sentence will be up to 50 years.”

•   The seeds of peace
Robin Llewellyn, New Internationalist, January 15, 2016
“Five days before armed and masked men would approach the little house where he is detained, Feliciano Valencia looked out over the plains of Cauca stretching away between the twin sierras of Colombia and said: ‘This is beauty!’”

•   La tensa calma con la que viven los indígenas del norte de Cauca
Verdad Abierta26 de enero de 2016
“Los avances del proceso de paz entre el Gobierno y las Farc han traído tranquilidad a estas comunidades que frecuentemente fueron golpeadas por la guerra. Sin embargo, los asesinatos y las amenazas contra sus miembros van en aumento”.

•   Human Rights Watch advertirá a Casa Blanca riesgo de impunidad en proceso de paz
Noticias RCN, 27 de enero de 2016

“El director de la ONG Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, anunció que se reunirá con altos miembros de la Casa Blanca para hablar de los riesgos de impunidad que, según él, se podrían presentar si se firma la paz entre el Gobierno Nacional y la guerrilla de las Farc bajo los términos actuales”.

•   Colombia just as corrupt as last year: Transparency International
Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports, 27 de enero de 2016
“In spite of government promises to tackle widespread corruption, the country has made no improvements and continues to rank in the lower half of Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.”

Reports and Studies

•   Human Rights Watch World Report 2016: Country Chapter on Colombia
The Human Rights Watch report’s chapter on Colombia includes sections on Guerrilla Abuses, Paramilitaries and their Successors, Abuses by Public Security Forces, Peace Negotiations and Accountability, Internal Displacement and Land Restitution, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, and Trade Unionists, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and Key International Actors.

•   Transparency International Corruption Index: Colombia
Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Colombia 83rd out of 168 countries worldwide, with a score of 37 out 100 (0 being highly corrupt and 100 being very clean).


*The Colombia News Brief is a selection of relevant news articles and reports, all of which do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the Latin America Working Group.