Category Archives: Colombia

The Duque effect: one social leader is assassinated in Colombia almost every day now

by Adriaan Alsem

Violence against Colombia’s community leaders and human rights defenders has escalated to the point that a leader is assassinated almost every day, according to a leading think tank.

According to conflict monitoring NGO Indepaz, 416 leaders have been assassinated between the beginning of a peace process on December 1, 2016 and Thursday.

Private sector behind mass killing of Colombia’s social leaders: prosecution

by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s private sector is using death squads to assassinate social leaders who seek the return of stolen land, according to the country’s prosecution.

Authorities have long claimed that drug traffickers and ELN guerrillas were behind the killings, but top officials told President Ivan Duque on Thursday that businessmen are behind many of the killings to prevent the restitution of land they stole during the war.

Lawsuit claims Columbia refused to stop Business School professor’s harassment, fired accuser

Both defendants, Professor Geert Bekaert and the University, have denied all claims.

A former Business School professor has filed a lawsuit claiming that a senior professor harassed her and delayed her research when she rejected his advances. This harassment allegedly led to her wrongful termination, the plaintiff testified in court on Tuesday.

Fensuagro Unionists Murdered in Cauca, Colombia – Stop the US/Colombia Terror!

Genocide is happening in Colombia. There is no other way to put it. In just one terrible day, July 16, 2018, six social movement leaders were killed. Since the June 17 election of Ivan Duque as Colombia’s president, social movement leaders have been killed at the rate of more than one a day. Duque is a disciple of former president and death squad patron Álvaro Uribe, whom he calls Colombia’s “eternal president”.

Colombia elects peace process opponent as president

by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s voters on Sunday elected Ivan Duque, an inexperienced dynasty politician, to lead the country through an ongoing peace process he has vehemently opposed.