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Stories about Colombia

22 April 2016

Marriage Equality Is Now Accepted by Colombia's Constitutional Court, but Still Not by All Colombians

"I respect other people's beliefs. You need to learn to respect those who think differently. Do you pray with that kind of language?"

14 April 2016

How a Paramilitary Group Paralyzed Colombia’s North and Threatened the Peace Process

An "armed strike" ordered by the Úsuga Clan spread violence as well as fear over the return of paramilitarism in Colombia.

2 March 2016

What Awaits Confiscated Narco Fortunes? A Look at Police Work in Mexico, Colombia, and the US

Many people wonder about the destiny of drug lords' fortunes after they're captured. This report offers a glimpse of what happens in Mexico, Colombia, and the US.

29 February 2016

Colombia Edges Closer to Signing Peace Agreement

The final and hopefully definitive phase of a peace process is underway and the Colombian government is preparing for post-conflict reconciliation with its new plan “Peace for Colombia.”

22 February 2016

An Alleged Male Prostitution Ring Ignites Debate About Privacy and Journalism Ethics in Colombia

"By publishing the video of the ex-deputy minister, you have made yourself I would argue an example of what future journalists should NOT do."

18 February 2016

Colombia Introduces Harsher Prison Sentences for Acid Attacks

Every year, an average of 100 people suffer an acid attack in Colombia, where recently a law was passed to tough sentences and take judicial benefits away from the perpetrators.

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

23 November 2015

The Struggle of More Than One Thousand Cuban Immigrants Stranded in Central America

Some 1,500 Cubans are stranded at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua after Nicaragua denies them entry, and violently turns them away alleging "violation of sovereignty."

3 November 2015

Meet the Flourishing Muslim Community in Buenaventura, Colombia

Almost 300 Colombian families of African descent converted to Islam 40 years ago as a form of empowerment in the face of marginalization.

17 October 2015

The South American Countries Most Vulnerable to El Niño Are Preparing to Welcome Its Fallout

The El Niño phenomenon has reached the South-American Pacific coast. Are the countries in the region prepared to minimize the damage this time? We check the status of disaster preparedness.

5 October 2015

Murder and Abortion Cases Highlight Continuing Injustices Against Women in Colombia

A female journalist's brazen murder and the news of an actress facing criminal charges for an abortion reminds Colombians that justice is not carried out equally when it involves women.

27 September 2015

Latin American Authors ‘Help’ to Rescue Andean Indigenous Languages

Works by Latin American writers, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, will now be available in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, thanks to a government initiative in Cusco.

2 September 2015

As Colombians Are Deported En Masse, Venezuelans Speak Out Against the Government

On social media, people spoke out against authorities' actions with hashtags such as #ParceVenezuelaTeQuiere (Venezuela loves you, friend) and #ChamoColombiaTeQuiere (Colombia loves you, dude).

28 August 2015

It's About Time to End Female Genital Mutilation in the Only Latin American Country Where It Still Exists

Female genital mutilation is a practice usually associated with African countries, but in some indigenous communities in Colombia it's still being practiced.

22 July 2015

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

21 July 2015

Rewriting the History of Plan Colombia

A five-star general's specious narrative about the program’s success ignores the crimes and impunity of the Colombian military, and excuses the U.S. for fostering systemic human rights violations.

11 July 2015

Who is Responsible for the Explosions in Bogota, Colombia?

Two small bombs explosions in Bogota left eight injured.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

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