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Colombia Moves Against FARC Dissenters Criminal Assets

Colombia Moves Against FARC Dissenters Criminal Assets

Authorities in Colombia have seized close to $100 million in assets allegedly belonging to FARC dissidents, as the state begins the mammoth task of identifying and dismantling the vast illicit interests that are being taken over by criminalized guerrilla splinter groups.

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Last FARC Rebels Reach Concentration Zones, But Questions Remain

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said the FARC guerrillas have completed their transition into special concentration zones, but questions remain about the number of insurgents still left in the field and how the next steps in the demobilization process will pan out. 

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Raid of Colombia Cocaine Labs Shows Resilience of Drug Trade

Security forces in Colombia have destroyed over 150 cocaine laboratories belonging to a criminal group that the government recently announced had been dismantled, a sign of the drug trade's resiliency as the country enters the post-conflict phase. 

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

FARC Demobilization Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the Central American country's stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. 

Honduras Authorities Covered Up Police Sending Weapons to FARC: Report

Honduras Authorities Covered Up Police Sending Weapons to FARC: Report

An El Heraldo report revealed that top security officials have suppressed internal investigations into a police network that allegedly sold weapons to a Colombian guerrilla group in the early 2000s, yet another illustration of the institutionalized corruption within the force.  

Colombia's Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

Colombia's Mirror: War and Drug Trafficking in the Prison System

Colombia's prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the jails where they can continue to manage their operations on the outside. Instead of corralling these forces, prison authorities have joined them, while multiple government efforts to reform the system have failed.   

Colombia FARC Soldiers Demobilize, Militias Remain in Field

Colombia FARC Soldiers Demobilize, Militias Remain in Field

Thousands of FARC guerrillas have moved into concentration zones to start a demobilization process, but InSight Crime estimates that the total number of those surrendering represents only a fraction of the total rebel structure.

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.