Just over two years ago, the Colombian government and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a celebrated peace agreement, ending 50 years of bloody armed conflict. And yet 439 human rights workers have been killed in that country since then — by reemerging right-wing militias and left-wing guerrillas that fought during the civil war. What is behind these alarming developments?

From the start, the government and FARC have been uncertain about the other side’s commitment to complying with the peace accords. Not wanting to be exploited, both parties have been slow to implement many of their obligations and have even reneged on some. And, now, groups that oppose the peace process — for example, the right-wing paramilitary group Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) — are taking advantage of this vulnerability.

Read on, courtesy of The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2019/02/11/human-rights-workers-are-getting-killed-in-colombia-heres-what-could-help-save-the-peace/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.97fb620c70c3.

 

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