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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Colombian port caught in crossfire between drug gangs

When Colombia entered a free-trade agreement with the US in 2012, it expected the port of Buenaventura to become a hub for international trade. Instead, its become a criminal battleground. When Colombia entered into a...

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...

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Historic Mega-Concert on Colombian-Venezuelan Border

British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson is spearheading a unique and historic concert on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in conjunction with the beginning of...

VOA Latin America Interviews Ivan Duque

Colombian President Ivan Duque, interviewed Saturday by VOA's Latin America Division, discussed the battle against the National Liberation Army in Venezuela and strengthening his...

PriceSmart Declares Dividend, Announces Expansion

PriceSmart declared a US$0.70 per share dividend at the company's 2019 annual meeting of stockholders held on January 30, 2019, in San Diego. A $0.35...

Colombia Military Kills Dissident Militant Leader

Colombia’s military says it has killed a militant leader who refused to adhere to a peace accord his rebel group and the government agreed...

Colombia Denies Entry to Over 200 Venezuelan Supporters Of Maduro

Colombian authorities have banned over 200 Venezuelan officials and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro from entering the country amid the escalating political crisis in...

UN Condemns Bogota Terrorist Attack And Urges International Support For Justice For Victims

The United Nations is urging its members to "actively cooperate" with Colombian authorities in their efforts to bring to justice those responsible for last...

Cuba Will Adhere to Protocol after Breakdown of Colombia-ELN Peace Talks

Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, reiterated, through his official Twitter account, that Cuba will act in strict respect for the Peace...

Colombia Tells Cuba There Are No Agreements That Protect Terrorism

The Colombian government told Cuba on Monday there are no agreements that protect terrorism and so repeated its request that the Caribbean island hand...

Terror cannot be the seed of peace, Bogota cardinal says after car bomb

Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota said that terror can never be the seed of justice and peace, following Thursday's car bomb attack at...

UN Secretary-General Condemns Car Bomb Attack In Colombia

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, condemned on Friday the bomb attack on Friday in the Colombian capital, Bogota, against a police...

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