Indigenous groups in Colombia this week suspended the process of prior consultation related to the implementation of the peace deal with the FARC, saying that the government has not shown a genuine desire to include them in matters related to ethnic development.
Dozens of human rights defenders have been murdered in Colombia by gangs fighting for spoils and control since the nation ended its decades-old civil war late last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, urging better protection for activists.
Attacks are on the rise against Colombia’s left-wing activists, indigenous leaders and members of the Patriotic March party amid a landmark peace agreement to bring an end to more than 50 years of civil war.
The United Nations is urging Colombia’s government and FARC rebels to quickly reach a new peace deal, which women’s rights advocates are hoping will include a more progressive consideration of gender.
The bilateral cease-fire announced Thursday by the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC, marks a significant…