I just returned from Colombia with a delegation of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). We travelled to Cali, Quibd? (in the Choco Department) and Bogota to hear from numerous representatives of the Afro-Colombian community about the grave civil, human and labor rights situation confronting them, and their demand to have a say in the ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba in order to find redress for their concerns. A copy of our full delegation Report can be found HERE.
From the South of Bol?var, Colombia, a guerrilla unit called Gerardo Guevara report the existence of alliances between the Army/Police and paramilitary groups in the municipality of El Bagre, specifically in two communities called Puerto L?pez and Puerto Claver.
Taken from http://www.counterpunch.org/
by MATT PEPPE
A week and a half ago news emerged from Havana that the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the Colombian government had reached a framework for a final peace agreement to be signed within six months. This was hailed as a breakthrough in the half-century-old conflict and an opportunity to bring peace to the people of Colombia. But by adopting the government?s narrative, mainstream media have failed to recognize the primary cause of the violence and the inevitability that it will continue in the future.
Taken from: www.prensarural.org
The community councils of Bajo Atrato, department of Choc?, make an urgent call to the Colombian State about the forced displacement that has been taking place since last Friday, September 25.
Taken from: http://ww4report.com/node/14239
A imprisoned ex-commander of Colombia's far-right AUC paramilitary network on August 12 testified that an army general now taking part in peace negotiations with FARC rebels also took part in the killing of journalist and comedian Jaime Garz?n.
Report from Havana: July 29, 2015
"Victims of ?The Dump? are anonymous heroes of the new Colombia?
Havana, Cuba - At the entrance of the International Congress Center, comandante Jes?s Santrich spoke about the ?Operation Orion?, calling it "serious crimes against humanity by State forces."
By: Edgar Piedrahita.
In a previous article (in Spanish; NT) we referred to Brigadier General of the US Army William P. Yarborough and his impact on the Colombian conflict. Given the unfortunate consequences of his "assistence" - the longest conflict of the Western Hemisphere - it makes sense to review some aspects of his life that will shed light on Nortamerican militarism and its global impact.
Report from Havana, Cuba. May 7, 2015.
"It's time to demand, as a national outcry, the dismantling of paramilitarism"
The insurgency spokeswoman of the FARC-EP Erika Montero spoke this morning about the need to dismantle the paramilitary before entering the post-agreement stage. She explained that after the many historical examples of treason and killings of political opponents - including the Patriotic Union, with more than 6,000 militants killed - Colombia cannot tolerate more victimizations by the State.
Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, October 9, 2014
The Peace Delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, People's Army, deplores and rejects the atrocious murder of the Deputy of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Bolivarian youth leader and lawyer, member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Robert Serra, and his compa?era Mar?a Herrera, occurred at night on the first of October inside his own house in Caracas.
By: Pablo Catatumbo, September 25, 2014.
The growing importance of the Havana peace talks in the eyes of world public opinion makes it necessary to analyze frequent events in our country's recent history that were previously ignored or silenced, and which have delayed the achievement of the much desired Peace.