Right-wing paramilitary forces continue to operate throughout the country inflicting terror on social and political movements, as well as on the civilian population.
Human rights organizations asked the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation on executives of the Chiquita Brands Company for their responsibility in crimes against humanity committed particularly in the banana crop growing regions of Colombia.
As agreed upon the Final Agreement signed in November last year, the FARC-EP has grouped in 26 different “Transitional Zones and Points of Normalization” where they prepare to reincorporate to civilian life, develop the decommissioning of weapons process, internal census of guerrillas, develop peace pedagogy with combatants and communities, and transit to legal life.
During 2016, there were three waves of assassinations and attacks against human rights defenders, opposition leaders and social leaders. These waves of political violence occurred against the backdrop of the peace process between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet while the negotiation tables moved forward in consolidating the outstanding agreements on the peace agenda, the whole country was witnessing an upsurge in the persecution of social leaders and human rights defenders.
The Central High Command of the FARC-EP reports to the national and international public opinion the denunciation of the following events that occurred against families of members of our organization:
Dabeiba is perhaps one of the Antioquia’s municipalities most hit by the violence, located in the north western part of Colombia.
"An unabated wave of threats, killings and forced displacement of hundreds of peaceful villagers in north-western Colombia is a frightening illustration that the armed conflict is far from over"stated Amnesty International, a reality that despite being recognized by various Human Rights and international organizations -including the United Nations- is something that Colombian Government still denies as systemic or the existance of paramilitary groups.
Social leader and human rights defender Éder Cuetia Conda, coordinator of peasant security in Los Andes, Corinto (Cauca) was assassinated, according to statement by the Human Rights Network of the South-West Colombia "Francisco Isaías Cifuentes".
In a situation that has dismayed the community, Faiver Cerón Gómez, President of the Community Action Board of the Esmeraldas Corregimiento in Mercaderes, Cauca, was killed on February 18. Faiver stood out for his commitment with the community, especially on the environmental issue and had been opposing the mining project of Esmeraldas by the mining multinational C.I.S.A.S that intends to exploit a nearby hill called “Cerro de la Campana”.
In the middle of paramilitary threats, but also of community support, guerrilla troops from the Front 33 of the FARC managed to reach the Transitional Local Zone for Normalization of Caño Indio in the department of Norte de Santander, where these troops will begin their process of reincorporation to civilian life.