Colombia’s Inspector General: “State Agents are Eliminating Social Leaders”

Colombia’s inspector general, Fernando Carrillo, has accused elements of the country’s police and military of collaborating with criminal organizations to assassinate human rights defenders and community leaders. “State agents are co-opted by criminal organizations that are eliminating social leaders,” the official said on Wednesday. Carrillo’s office is one of the state departments tasked with investigating…

A Secret Political Genocide in Colombia

Mario Murcia “One does not know if the paramilitaries are going to kill you first or if one will be killed by the avalanche of Hidroituango.” – Ana María Cortés, campaign organizer. While much of the main international media outlets have been captivated by the World Cup or covering the current political developments occurring in…

Colombian Authorities Complicit in ‘Systematic’ Violence Against Social Leaders

Several social organizations presented Thursday a report titled “To Defend Life,” which reveals the systematic nature of the murders of social and community leaders in Colombia. The report was presented to the country’s truth commission on the same day the United Nations “vehemently rejected and condemned the murders of human rights defenders, leaders, and social…

TeleSUR Interviews ELN’s Delegation in Cuba on Peace in Colombia

Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) peace delegates don’t believe President-Elect Ivan Duque’s proposals can secure the peace the country so desperately needs. July 5 marks the 54th anniversary of the founding of the ELN, an insurgent group now holding peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba. In these exclusive interviews with the ELN…

The Left is Alive in Latin America

Sergio Alejandro Gómez The result of the Mexican elections gives a broad mandate to the progressive candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador to fulfill his  agenda for change and confront corruption, violence and inequality with a strong state and effective social policies. More than half of the electorate turned their backs on traditional parties and chose…

‘Social Cleansing’: Seven Bodies Found in Argelia, Colombia

The community of Argelia, in the western Colombian region of Cauca, is under alert after farmers found seven bodies with several gun wounds in the road between El Mango, La Belleza and Sinai. Locals told Cauca police that the victims are not part of the community and their identities are still unknown, but it’s estimated…