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Making femicide visible

Isabel Agatón, a human rights lawyer who played an active role in pushing through the femicide law, tells Elly Darkin that the challenge faced by the Colombian government is still a great one.
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Decoding the new Colombian Police Code

After six months of police training – and a fair deal of controversy – the new Police Code came into effect on January 30. Ángela Forero-Aponte identifies some of the activities that may now breach the rules.
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Paramilitary violence on the rise

These are the human rights defenders who have been killed so far in 2017 as the spate of violence against social leaders persists. Emma Newbery looks into the rise of paramilitary violence and activist deaths in rural territories.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate Bogotá

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates arrives in Bogotá

The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates brought a powerful message of peace, forgiveness and inclusion. Ex-combatants dressed in white walked and danced around the stage to the words of Gabriel García Márquez then passed white ribbon through the crowd before leaving their final message: “We are going to weave peace.” We explore four key topics of the event.
Colombia minimum wage

Minimum wage to increase by 7% in 2017

On January 1, the minimum wage in Colombia increased by 7% from the 2016 rate. Unions say that the rise – less than 50,000 pesos per month – does not meet the rise in the costs of living caused by inflation and tax reforms.

Why we hate the FARC (and not so the paramilitaries)

As new research shows the role the media coverage has played in fuelling misconceptions about the FARC and paramilitaries in the Colombian conflict, Oli Pritchard speaks to Alexandra García who carried out the investigation.
gender ideology

Gender ideology in education

In recent months serious questions have been raised about the question of sexuality, homosexuality and the treatment of LGBTI people, particularly in the country’s schools, and one that reveals undercurrents of homophobia in our society, as Laura Brown discovers.
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Myths and realities of the peace process

As all parties in the peace process agreement sign the historic peace accord, campaigns from both the Yes and No camps are ramping up before the plebiscite on October 2. We take a look at some of the more common notions associated with it and see whether they have merit or not.
Colombia police code

New order: New police code

Large scale changes to procedures raise the question of whether the new police code will encourage civic responsibility or lead to increased corruption and abuses, writes Laura Sharkey.
Vigilante justice

V is for Vigilante

Vigilante justice is responsible for one death every three days in Bogotá. As the latest viral video sparks both support and outrage, Laura Sharkey asks what it means for society.

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Reading in English: A guide for learners

Reading is a significant part of the language and reading in English is particularly useful, much more than speaking or listening, because of the massive quantity of literature available. Oliver Pritchard’s guide to reading will have you finding good texts and reading between the lines like a pro.
Plan pistola

Police targets of plan pistola

Plan pistola sees cash bounties offered for the murders of police officers. In his latest column, Gerald Barr looks at the motives behind such attacks and how the police are responding.
Santa Fe Bogotá

A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.
La Niña

La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
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Colombian strikes hold up country

Less than halfway through the year, Colombia has seen a significant number of civil and union strikes across the territory, with teachers’ strikes in major cities and civil action in Chocó and Buenaventura.
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The voices of Otello

As Verdi’s classic opera, Otello arrives to the Teatro Colón in Bogotá, Phoebe Hopson catches up with some of the stellar cast.

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