Colombian army committed 6,400 extrajudicial killings: Court

Colombia’s military carried out at least 6,400 extrajudicial killings and presented them as combat deaths between 2002 and 2008, a number that is at least three times higher than previously estimated, a special court has said. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) court is investigating crimes and atrocities committed during half a century of armed […]

Colombia, Mexico roll out vaccine, Brazil suffers shortages

Head nurse Veronica Luz Machado, who for months has battled the coronavirus pandemic from an intensive care unit in the northern Colombian city of Sincelejo, became the first person in the Andean country to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Beginning with Machado, Colombia will kick off its plan to immunise 35.2 million people with vaccines acquired through a raft of bilateral deals as […]

Colombia to grant temporary protection to nearly 1m Venezuelans

Bogota, Colombia – Venezuelan migrants and asylum seekers in Colombia will be granted protected status for up to 10 years, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced on Monday alongside Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Venezuelans who arrived in Colombia before January 31 will be allowed to remain in the country for a […]

Colombia court charges former FARC commanders with war crimes

Trubunal unveils first criminal charges against former FARC fighters since the 2016 peace deal. Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) on Thursday accused eight former commanders of the demobilised FARC fighters of war crimes and crimes against humanity for taking hostages during the country’s internal armed conflict. This is the first time since the signing […]

Rural Colombian groups seek help from new US gov’t amid violence

Bogota, Colombia – More than 100 Colombian human rights associations from remote Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities have written to the new US administration to ask for help with the continued violence and killings they face. “Our black, indigenous and rural farming communities living in remote areas around Colombia have lived for over 40 years in […]

Killings of Colombia ex-FARC fighters persist amid peace process

Since demobilising in 2017, former rebel fighter Manuel Antonio Gonzalez has faced numerous death threats and lost his son in a bloody murder. Part of the now-defunct Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group, who signed a peace deal with the government of Juan Manuel Santos in 2016, Gonzalez, 54, lives in worry, […]

Here are some ways that COVID is transforming cities everywhere

The coronavirus has upended many aspects of life in cities worldwide, particularly as large numbers of white-collar workers choose to work from home and shun public transport – shifts that are likely to last, according to urban experts. This will have an enormous effect on city centres and central business districts (CBD) that have typically […]

Deforestation razed eight percent of Amazon in 18 years: Study

Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area bigger than Spain from 2000 to 2018, wiping out eight percent of the world’s largest rainforest, according to a study released on Tuesday. The Amazon plays a vital role in curbing climate change, but destruction of the rainforest has only accelerated in recent years, found the study by […]

UN warns law enforcement against using ‘big data’ to discriminate

UN experts urged agencies around the world to ensure that the data they collect from artificial intelligence isn’t used to discriminate against minority groups. Police and border guards must combat racial profiling and ensure that their use of “big data” collected via artificial intelligence does not reinforce biases against minorities, United Nations experts said on […]

‘The fight continues’: Colombia protests persist despite pandemic

Bogota, Colombia – Hundreds of people gathered at a street corner in downtown Bogota on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of Dilan Cruz’s death. His mother and sister arranged a circle of flowers on the street where the 18-year-old was shot by police a year earlier during an anti-government protest, with his clothes and a […]

Colombia surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Colombia is the eighth country to top a million infections, after US, India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, Spain and France. Colombia has surpassed one million confirmed coronavirus cases, becoming the second country in Latin America to report that number in less than a week. The last 24 hours saw 8,769 new infections, bringing the total to […]

Colombia eases restrictions, but a happy public ignores rules

Colombia is easing some coronavirus restrictions after months of lockdown. But many people are flouting some of the rules that are in place to keep people safe while mixing in public areas. Officials in the capital, Bogota, have found new ways to keep order – using clowns who mingle with the crowds and remind people […]

Colombia lifts restrictions as COVID-19 cases stabilise

Colombia has lifted its five-month coronavirus lockdown as COVID-19 cases have begun to stabilise across the country. Many sectors are now open for business, as the government wants to fix a struggling economy. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti reports from Bogota. Source link

Colombia Supreme Court sends Uribe case to attorney general

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will transfer its case against former President Alvaro Uribe to the attorney general’s office, making this announcement shortly after he resigned from the Senate. Uribe, who stepped down from his Senate post two weeks ago, is under investigation for alleged witness tampering and is currently under house arrest. […]