1985 siege of the Palace of Justice

The cover-up of the Palace of Justice

The expected acquittal of a retired colonel for his part in the 1985 siege of the Palace of Justice, which led to the deaths of around 120 people, has thrust one of the most deadly chapters of Colombian history back into the headlines. Jake Dixon tells the distressing story of why, 30 years on, relatives of victims are still unsure just who was accountable for the deadly events.

Being gay at an Opus Dei

Francisco González is proud of his education, but less so of his university’s views Based on the premise that any private university is entitled to...
Journalism in Colombia

Journalism in Colombia

We take a look at different perspectives on journalism in Colombia, with Cristian Valencia, Hollman Morris and Kevin Howlett all sharing their thoughts on the industry today
Abortion in Colombia

Decriminalisation of abortion

Unsurprisingly, the issue of abortion in Colombia is a source of much contention. As the Pope tells the world that priests can pardon abortion, The Bogota Post takes a look at the history of abortion law in the country.
Latin American Constitutional Reform

Latin America’s Constitutional Conundrum

After 200 years of independence, the continent still can’t decide whether re-electing presidents is a good idea. Mat Youkee investigates… In Carlos Fuentes’ political novel,...

On Trial: Enrique Peñalosa

On Trial is a Bogotá Post feature in which we put someone or something from the Colombian news ‘on trial’, from the perspectives of both their fans and their critics. Our first contender is Enrique Peñalosa: the man who is leading the polls in the mayoral race, and the only candidate to have served a full term as Bogotá mayor. Jake Dixon investigates...
trust in Colombia, Colombia peace process

Making Colombians trust again

If you’ve lived in Colombia long enough, you will have heard locals say that you can’t trust anyone here and that you need to be cautious (no des papaya!). Veronika Hoelker and Julia Lledín examine the importance of trust and confidence-building measures in the post-agreement phase.
Rafael Uribe Noguera, Yuliana Andrea Samboní

Colombia’s peace and a murdered child

The murder of Yuliana Andrea Samboní has shocked the nation. Daniel Ogalde argues that it is a reflection of inequalities that have been exacerbated by conflict, and that the peace agreement is only the first step towards healing Colombian society.

‘Victims are treated like criminals’

In the small hours of Monday, May 28, 2012, Rosa Elvira Cely died alone in Bogotá’s Santa Clara Hospital. She was 35 years old. Hers is an appalling tale of multiple failings on behalf of the state and of the endemic political culture of impunity and victim-blaming.
Colombian environmental catastrophies

Putumayo: Oil, war, water and all that’s to come

Faye Griffiths points out that while condemning the environmental catastrophe in Putumayo, we should also spare a thought for the equivalent catastrophes caused by our day to day lives.