News and Analysis: Colombia
On Sept. 23 military sources in Colombia reported the murder of Jorge Briceño, aka Mono Jojoy, one of the members of the FARC secretariat. Amidst all the celebratory propaganda statements issued by the U.
A recently published report by the Fellowship of Reconciliation found a link between U.S. military aid and the extrajudicial execution of civilians by the Colombian army. Co-published by the U.S. office on Colombia, the report focused on the Leahy Law, which supposedly prohibits U.
Forty union members were killed in Colombia during 2009. Colombia has become one of the most dangerous countries for union activists as workers struggle for justice there. This adds to the tally of over 2,700 union and labor activists who have been slain in Colombia since 1987.
On Dec. 16, 2009, the Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) released a joint statement, revealing a plan of unity between the two main guerrilla forces in Colombia.
Tensions between Colombia and Venezuela have been on the rise. On Nov. 20, the Venezuelan army destroyed two footbridges used by smugglers operating along the 1,375-mile border between Colombia and Venezuela.