Colombia: Jesus Santrich Denied 2nd Habeas Corpus

The Colombian General Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday that the Supreme Court of Bogota rejected a habeas corpus petition filed by Jesus Santrich‘s representatives, for the second time. The move will extend Santrich’s detention, which started on April 9 due to an extradition request from the United States’ Department of Justice. According to a statement, which…

São Paulo Forum and Peace in Colombia

Josefina Restrepo The Forum of Sao Paulo, an entity that brings together leaders and representatives of social movements and parties of the Latin American left, condemned the dramatic situation suffered by the people in Colombia, which this week claimed the life of another leader in the southwestern department of Putumayo. The participants spoke in favor…

Colombia: Peace Trapped in Networks of Betrayal

Iván Márquez On July 20, three insurmountable obstacles were imposed  on development of the Peace Agreement. The first of these is the judicial assembly or entrapment plotted by the Attorney General and the DEA that has unjustly placed Jesus Santrich behind bars. The Prosecutor buried the dagger of his resentments in the heart of trust…

Colombia: Uribista Legislators, President-Elect Duque Target FARC Political Party

Former president Alvaro Uribe’s party, the Democratic Center, announced the Senate would push for constitutional reforms in Congress to bar leaders of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who were accused of being involved in crimes against humanity, from some form of political participation. During the election campaign, president-elect Ivan Duque of the…

Plan Colombia Version 2.0

Wayne Madsen The election of Colombian narcotics syndicate- and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia will herald the second run of the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s discredited “Plan Colombia.” Plan Colombia saw the systematic murder of farm workers, labor activists, and indigenous peoples by Colombian right-wing paramilitary units like the United Self-Defense…

Colombia: Election Outcome Endangers Peace

The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, the FARC, is worried that Duque’s victory could hurt the historic peace process. After Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque announced he will review the peace agreement reached between the government and the demobilized insurgent group, the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, the FARC, expressed their willingness to meet Duque and keep working…