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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
When he first stepped into office on January 2016, Enrique Peñalosa was confident, with ambitious plans for the city. As Bogotá's mayor celebrates his current administration’s first milestone, Diana Mejía takes stock of the achievements and controversies in what has been an eventful 100 days.
Following the joint announcement on March 30 that the ELN and the Colombian government will begin the public phase of peace talks, Veronika Hoelker analyses the impact of the ELN beginning this phase of talks in the context of other peace setbacks
In recent months, Colombia has been on the brink of severe electricity and water shortages, and the country is not yet in the clear. Laura Brown speaks to some of the country’s tourism operators about what visitors can do.
Colombia has never been closer to reaching a comprehensive peace agreement with its largest rebel group. Veronika Hoelker takes an in-depth look at just a few of the unresolved issues at the negotiating table.