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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.

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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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.
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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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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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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.
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Anthony Bourdain saw the best of Colombia through its people

  Anthony Bourdain's suicide on June 8 brought about an outpouring of words from those he touched in his years as a television host and...
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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.
Medicinal Cannabis

Colombia aiming for a high with medicinal cannabis

With a global increase in the use of medicinal marijuana, Colombia could become a top producer, given the country’s ideal geographic and climatic conditions for growing the plant.

The dark side of Santa Marta

Armed gangs lurk in the shadows of Santa Marta, burning a farm for tourists to the ground in this tourist haven on the Colombian coast.