4 bodies in mass grave cast doubt over Colombia’s largest port city’s security progress

Colombia Reports Officials in Colombia’s largest port city, Buenaventura, found four bodies in mass graves this week, raising concerns that rival drug trafficking organizations continue to disappear their victims in order to maintain a low...

Mayor of Colombia’s main port city arrested on corruption charges

The mayor of Buenaventura, Colombia’s main port city and one of the poorest cities in the country, has been arrested on corruption charges. The police and prosecution carried out the arrest after having discovered inconsistencies in...

UN reports mass displacement in southwest Colombia

More than 400 indigenous people have been forced to flee their homes in western Colombia following combat between the military and an illegal armed group near the port city of Buenaventura. MORE: Displaced Colombia indigenous community mired...

US lawmakers question Colombia military aid over ongoing rights abuses

Eight United States lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in which they say that ongoing Afro-Colombian rights abuses show that “Colombia is not in full compliance” with human rights policies required...

Crime in Colombia cities dropped 25% in 1 week: Santos

Crime in Colombia’s 11 biggest cities has dropped 25% in the first week of a recently kicked off offensive against urban crime, President Juan Manuel Santos claimed on Saturday. Santos made the claim while visiting Buenaventura, a city...

Buenaventura Boardwalk, Work That Is Still A Dream

COLOMBIA NEWS --  The boardwalk of the Pacific town of Buenaventura, called the greatest urban renewal work in the history of the city, 13 years later after being announced in 2001, is still a...

EU Ambassadors to visit Buenaventura for humanitarian work and economic prospects

A mission of eight ambassadors from the European Union will be in Buenaventura this Thursday analyzing the human rights situation in the city, reported El Pais on Tuesday. The diplomats will discuss the situation in...

Colombia Bans Alcohol, Guns and Motorcycles For Saturday’s Game With Uruguay

COLOMBIA NEWS — Authorities in major Colombian cities are again imposing bans on alcohol and curfews for Saturday to discourage out of control partying for World Cup game day. Across the country, Colombia's national police...

Women and War in Buenaventura: Sadism, Death and Abuse

The criminal butchers who have earned the port of Buenaventura a macabre reputation as the torture house of Colombia's drug war seem to reserve a special cruelty and sadism for the city's women. Their...

City of Buenaventura leader in urban displacement: NGO

The ongoing criminal violence in Colombia’s southwestern city of Buenaventura have made it the capital of inter-urban displacement in the country, according to the international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW). “Buenaventura has gone back in...

112 people displaced in Colombia Pacific port as Buenaventura human rights crisis continues

At least 112 members of a single family were forced from their homes last week by criminal groups in Colombia’s largest Pacific port, according to the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office. MORE: Human rights violations continue in...

Human rights violations continue in Colombia’s troubled port of Buenaventura: Ombudsman

A report from Colombia’s highest government human rights official says rights violations continue to plague the port city of Buenaventura, despite the ongoing intervention by the Colombian military. According to Colombia’s Ombudsman, Jorge Armando Otalora,...

Latest dismembered body takes count in Buenaventura to 9: Colombia govt

The grisly discovery of human remains at low tide on Colombia’s southern Pacific coast brings the count so far in 2014 to nine people, according to local media reports. Parishoners in the Viento Libre barrio...

Colombia: 136 alleged gang members arrested

One hundred thirty-six alleged members of the Los Urabeños or La Empresa gangs have been arrested during the past six weeks, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said recently. Santos, speaking in the city of Buenaventura...

High court asks Colombia to produce report on crisis in Buenaventura

Judging that Colombia’s government has not done enough or not been transparent enough, a high court has asked the executive branch to report on what it has done to address the issues of public...

136 gang members captured in Buenaventura: Colombia President

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos told onlookers in Buenaventura that 136 members of dangerous criminal gangs had been captured by security forces over the last month and a half, contributing to a recent drop...

Homicides, disappearances and displacement in Buenaventura on the rise in 2014: Ombudsman

There have been dozens of murders, eight disappearances and hundreds displaced in the unfolding civil unrest in the Pacific port city of Buenaventura in Colombia’s southwest, according to Colombia’s highest governmental human rights office. Colombia’s...

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