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Summary Since 2016, over 400 human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia—the highest number of any country in Latin America, according to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). In November 2016, the…
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Summary In the eastern Colombian province of Arauca and the neighboring Venezuelan state of Apure, non-state armed groups use violence to control peoples’ daily lives. They impose their own rules, and to enforce compliance they threaten civilians on…
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  Summary The 2016 peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) presented a landmark opportunity to halt the serious abuses and atrocities…
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  Summary In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace accord, establishing a landmark opportunity to halt the serious abuses and atrocities that had long accompanied a decades-long…
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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to…
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Summary The establishment of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic is a significant, unprecedented initiative to deliver justice for victims of brutal crimes committed during conflicts there since 2003. The…
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Summary We spent a week there. [The anti-balaka] raped us every day…. We had become their “wives.” It was us who prepared the food…. At any moment, they would want to sleep with you and, if you resisted, they threatened to kill you….…
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Summary It is not surprising that violence continues because the message is clear: you can kill without consequence. – Human rights activist, Bangui, June 17, 2016. This report documents war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by…
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Summary I have already lost four years of my life because I have not been able to study. It is not normal for a student to lose this much time. I want to be a doctor, but the Seleka are blocking my future. –18-year-…
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Summary Between 2002 and 2008, army brigades across Colombia routinely executed civilians. Under pressure from superiors to show “positive” results and boost body counts in their war against guerrillas, soldiers and officers abducted…
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The Crisis in Buenaventura Disappearances, Dismemberment, and Displacement in Colombia’s Main Pacific Port Summary Recommendations Methodology Background Disappearances, …
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Summary In September 2013, the Central African Republic’s human rights and humanitarian situation took a sharp turn for the worse. After months of brutality by the predominantly Muslim Seleka (“alliance…
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The Risk of Returning Home Violence and Threats against Displaced People Reclaiming Land in Colombia Glossary Summary Widespread Abuses Perpetrators The Government’s…
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Rights Out of Reach Obstacles to Health, Justice, and Protection for Displaced Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Colombia Summary Obstacles to Medical Attention Obstacles to Justice…
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Introduction In March 2011 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, …
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Trail of Death Maps I. Summary II. Methodology III. Recommendations IV. Introduction Operation Lightning Thunder and its Aftermath Strength of the LRA V. Massacre in the Makombo Area …
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  Paramilitaries’ Heirs The New Face of Violence in Colombia Glossary Map of Colombia I. Summary and Recommendations The Successor Groups: A Predictable Outcome of a Flawed Demobilization The Human…
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  Map of Colombia       Glossary   AUC: Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia,United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a coalition of most paramilitary groups in Colombia.   CTI: Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación, Technical…
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Breaking the Grip? Obstacles to Justice for Paramilitary Mafias in Colombia Map of Colombia Glossary I. Summary and Recommendations II. Background: Paramilitaries, Impunity, and the Justice and Peace Law.. …