Santos hailed the success of ‘Operation Diamond’ as he confirmed on 29 December the death of Guerrero, the head of the criminal group called the Popular Anticommunist Revolutionary Army of Colombia (ERPAC).
At least 38 Indians, 20 of them minors and the rest no older than 25, have turned in their weapons and left behind the Colombian armed conflict thanks to a program sponsored by the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, or ACIN.
Following the death of ‘Mono’ Jojoy, the guerrilla’s military chief (pictured left), many analysts, including the president himself, predicted that it was the beginning of the end for the FARC.
On 4 April 2011, more than 70 adults returned to the Las Pavas ranch (Department of Bolívar), from which they were displaced in July 2009, following various returns and subsequent forced displacements.
It is time for the Colombian authorities to acknowledge the failure of the paramilitary demobilisation argues C.L Smith.
LAB's Nick Caistor, who visited Cuba recently, analyses the changes expected in the island after the Communist Party Congress.
The International Crisis Group has published a report which highlights the links between politics and crime in Colombia.
Human rights defenders are essential to the creation of any strong and inclusive democracy. They are key to monitoring, reporting and promoting human rights. They also have a substantial role in the strengthening of peace through dialogue and justice.
In Colombia, indigenous peoples continue to be the victims of the internal armed conflict, which is escalating once again. Some communities are saying enough is enough.
The Uruguayan politican analyst, Raúl Zibechi, argues that Ecuador is the latest in a series of Latin American nations, including Brazil, in which the state is promoting a new form of neoliberalism, which is being called post-neoliberalism.

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