Tag: FARC peace
Colombia’s voluntary crop substitution program has seen almost 35,000 hectares of coca crops destroyed in just eight months, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), showing the popularity of this strategy at a time when President Iván Duque is pushing for forced eradication.
There is now a clear and present criminal menace and national security threat taking shape, and the Colombian government may be encouraging its growth through its policy choices.
The presence of several generals accused of being involved in extrajudicial killings within Colombia’s military command has raised concerns that President Iván Duque is whitewashing past misdeeds to achieve his national security goals
Colombia’s new government plans to deploy an ambitious program to forcefully eradicate illicit crops, stoking fears for the future of a crop substitution program that has been limping along since its creation following the country’s 2016 peace agreement.
Two Colombian intelligence reports, published three months apart, show contradictions in the number of ex-FARC Mafia and their rate of expansion, although they both agree these splinter groups are growing.
Controversy surrounding the extension and modifications of a crucial law in Colombia shows the continued risks facing the successful implementation of the government's peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas. This could also jeopardize the already uncertain future of peace talks with the ELN.
A recent meeting in Venezuela between the leaders of two Colombian guerrilla groups may signal consolidated organized crime activities in the neighboring country because such groups have found it easier to operate and evade pressure from the Colombian government.
A transitional justice system formed after the signing of a historic peace agreement with Colombia’s FARC rebels to try former fighters for crimes committed during the country’s decades-long armed conflict continues to face obstacles, further threatening the possibility of achieving lasting peace in the country.
A recent UN report shows that, in Colombia, the farming of coca for illicit use has not only increased, but has potentially also had significant adverse effects on community workers.
A series of attacks on multinational companies operating in Colombia could indicate that armed groups are shedding discipline for increased criminal gains, in a new era of organized crime in the country.
Authorities in Colombia have seized the first set of assets allegedly linked to a dissident ex-FARC mafia network, providing further insight into the economic standing of these dissident groups.
The FARC political party appears in disarray as it celebrates its first birthday, and the internal fracture rocking the political movement one year after its inauguration could seriously damage the ongoing implementation of peace.