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24 January. With the new year in Colombia came a new sentence from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, holding the state responsible for human rights violations committed in the context of ‘Operation Orion’. In this Operation, the army, together with the ‘Cacique Nutibarra’ bloc of the AUC paramilitary organisation, stormed the marginalised slum neighbourhood ‘Comuna 13’ in Medellín,...
Colombians in the UK use President Santos' state visit to renew their calls for peace following the shock No vote in referendum on peace agreement with the FARC
An appeal by the main guerrilla group for intellectuals and artists to join in building the new Colombia
A debate rages within the student community at the Nacional University in Bogotá about whether or not political graffiti should be permitted.
Gwen Burnyeat's account of the crucial FARC 10th Guerrilla Conference, exclusive for LAB
Peace negotiators in Havana have at last signed off the Agreement on Victims, a key part of the peace process and a great advance.
For the national peace process to succeed, local communities need to make sense of their past and keep alive historical memory.
As the country awaits the signing of a definitive ceasefire, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet offers instructive parallels.
LAB's Gwen Burnyeat travels with members of Rodeemos el Diálogo to meet and seek to understand the FARC, who are about to hold their 10th conference.
With the entire final agreement finally signed in Havana, the peace accords must now be submitted to a national referendum on October 2. The outcome remains uncertain.

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