• Colombian Rebels Suspend Election Campaign, Putting Peace Into Limbo


    The deal that ended decades of war in Colombia hinged on a simple formula: The rebels would surrender their weapons, and in exchange, earn the right to run for office in the country’s democracy.

    But on Friday the former fighters said they were suspending their campaign. Their activists were being killed, they said, and threats were mounting against those who remained — including their top commander who is running for president.

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  • Colombia war crimes tribunal to begin hearings within 6 months: prosecutor


    The war crimes tribunal that took force in Colombia on Monday should call the first war crime suspects to trial within six months, the court’s chief prosecutor said.
    The Special Jurisdiction for Peace, or JEP, will try thousands of former guerrillas and members of the military for the crimes and atrocities committed in half a century of armed conflict.
    The chief prosecutor at the court, Giovanni Alvarez, told newspaper El Tiempo on Tuesday that the court will begin public hearings once all logistical preparations are made.

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  • A Colombian Rebel Group Resumes Attacks After Cease-Fire Ends


    Colombia’s fragile peace was shaken on Wednesday as the National Liberation Army, a guerrilla group known as the ELN, attacked a military base and an oil pipeline just hours after a 102-day cease-fire ended, the government said.

    While no deaths were reported, the attacks underscored the steep challenges Colombia faces as it tries to negotiate a peace deal with the ELN similar to the one that it signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in 2016.

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  • Colombia: ELN Ceasefire Negotiations Resume in Quito


    The ceasefire agreement, known as the Bilateral, Temporary and National Ceasefire Agreement, is set to expire Jan. 9.

    The Colombian government and representatives of the National Liberation Army, ELN, are meeting in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito to renew their September ceasefire.

    The ceasefire agreement, known as the Bilateral, Temporary and National Ceasefire Agreement, is set to expire Jan. 9. It was reached several months ago in Quito. The Colombian government delegation is headed by the country’s former vice president, Gustavo Bell.

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  • Peru's President Pardons Alberto Fujimori, Enraging Critics


    LIMA, Peru — Alberto Fujimori, who as Peru’s leader in the 1990s revived the economy and crushed two violent leftist insurgencies, but was forced out in a corruption scandal and later imprisoned for human rights abuses, received a medical pardon on Sunday night, a decision that prompted an outcry across the Andean nation.

    The Christmas Eve pardon was approved by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who narrowly survived a bid by Congress on Thursday to remove him from office over allegations linking him to a graft scandal that has rattled Latin America.

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  • Colombian Senate Approves Special Jurisdiction for Peace


    Colombia’s Senate approved Thursday the bill regulating the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, or JEP, a post-conflict transitional justice system that is considered the backbone of the peace agreement.

    With a majority of 52 votes in favor, the senators gave the green light for a mechanism that will set the tone for prosecution cases for the multitude of human rights crimes committed during the country’s decades-long civil war.

    Now the bill awaits the approval of the Constitutional Court.

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  • Colombian Congress Fails to Pass Important Peace Legislation


    An important piece of legislation, considered a cornerstone of the Colombian peace process, has failed to pass Congress.
    The bill needed 51 votes out of 102 in order to pass, but received only 50. Congress members from war-torn areas of the country as well as those from conservative parties rejected the bill.

    The legislation would have regulated transitional justice within the monumental peace deal with former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, militants. The bill included temporary tribunals to try and sentence participants in the armed conflict.

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  • Making money off war: Colombia court orders investigation of mining executives


    Colombia’s business community may be shielded from a war crimes tribunal, but that doesn’t stop judges from investigating if businessmen made a fortune off murder and displacement.

    A court in northern Colombia issued an arrest warrant against mining executive Edgardo Percy and the investigation of 15 others for their alleged involvement in the killing, disappearing and displacing of farmers, according to Verdad Abierta.

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  • Colombia’s congress in chaos over peace process


    Colombia’s government and congress on Thursday made contrary claims about whether key legislation that is part of an ongoing peace process has been agreed.

    The reservation of 16 congressional seats for war-torn areas divided the Senate on the last day of a transitional period to “fast-track” legislation related to an ongoing peace process with FARC guerrillas.

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  • A Practitioners' Perspective on Forms of Justice in Peru and Colombia


    To mark the launch of our new publication, "Forms of Justice: A Guide to Designing Reparations Application Forms and Registration Processes for Victims of Human Rights Violations", we sat down with Jairo Rivas about his work in designing reparations forms in Peru and Colombia.

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