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Colombia Amnesty Decree Eases Fears Over FARC Prisoners

Colombia Amnesty Decree Eases Fears Over FARC Prisoners

The Colombian government has issued a new decree to facilitate the release of incarcerated FARC guerrillas, removing an obstacle to the amnesty process that had become one of the most serious short-term threats to the implementation of Colombia's peace accords.

8 Months In, Concerns Linger as Colombia's FARC Peace Process Advances

8 Months In, Concerns Linger as Colombia's FARC Peace Process Advances

A new report on the main successes and shortcomings of Colombia's historic peace process with the FARC guerrilla group shows that rural violence and politics continue to be major obstacles to a deal that could either reform and improve Colombia's countryside or precipitate a new era of criminal chaos.

Colombia Begins Giving Demobilized FARC Access to Banking System

Colombia Begins Giving Demobilized FARC Access to Banking System

The government of Colombia has begun bringing demobilizing FARC guerrillas into the formal banking system, but international sanctions on FARC leaders could complicate this important step in the process of reintegrating former fighters into society.

Colombia’s New Crop Substitution Plan Facing Old Obstacles: Report

Colombia’s New Crop Substitution Plan Facing Old Obstacles: Report

Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts doubts on the ability of the government to prevent illegal armed groups from regenerating the vicious criminal circle.

First FARC Census Highlight Challenges Ahead in Colombia

First FARC Census Highlight Challenges Ahead in Colombia

The first census of the ex-guerrilla group known as the FARC show the challenges the government must confront to guarantee the group's access to education, health, housing and productive projects that contribute to a lasting peace.

Colombia President Declares End of FARC, But Doubts Persist

Colombia President Declares End of FARC, But Doubts Persist

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos opted for grandiloquence on June 23 in Paris, France, declaring the end of the Colombian guerrilla group with which his government signed a peace deal last year. In Colombia, however, many doubts about the process remain, especially in remote interior areas where the guerrillas had replaced the state.

FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

FARC Dissidents Behind Drug Lab on Colombia-Ecuador Border?

Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident elements of the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group are maintaining operations in this traditional trafficking hub.

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the peace process are high.