Jean Arnault

Jean Arnault: Peace implementation needs to be ‘accelerated’

Despite ongoing delays and inconsistencies in the implementation of Colombia’s recent peace deal with the FARC, Jean Arnault, the head of the UN Mission in Colombia, says that all parties involved are determined to continue making progress in order to meet the May 29 disarmament deadline.
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ELN negotiations: One step forward, two steps back

Talks have finally started with Colombia’s second largest guerrilla group, but the first weeks of negotiations have been marred by attacks. Emily Hastings finds out more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.