Venezuelans fleeing acute food shortages, high crime and political unrest have flooded across the border to Colombia in recent years.
Peace talks had been scheduled to restart this week after a recess between the ELN and the government of centre-right President Juan Manuel Santos.
Ledezma said he had gone past 29 police and army controls during a clandestine, overland journey that he kept secret from his loved ones.
The bill has been backed by committees in both the upper and lower houses and is expected to be put to floor votes this week.
Juan Manuel Santos was listed in the leaked documents as a board member of insurance company Nova Holding in April and May 2000 and also Global Tuition, an insurance firm focused on education, from April 1999 to May 2001.
Freddy Guevara, who runs the hardline Popular Will party and is also the deputy leader of Congress, entered the residence on Saturday and requested protection, the Chilean government said in a statement.
Colombians tested a new approach to ending violence: fight terror as if there are no negotiations, negotiate as if there is no terror.
The decision blocks modifications to the peace deal, stymieing right-wing opponents of President Juan Manuel Santos who have long rejected the accord.
It is uncertain to what extent the peace deal will be fulfilled, but the resilience of the Colombians raises hope for the future.
As the post-conflict justice system takes shape in Colombia, there are many individual rights violations and atrocities to be addressed.
The FARC is now hoping to position itself as the party for marginalised voters and to succeed it must develop new organisational capacities, including the ability to process internal dissent and debate.
Conflict between right-wing paramilitary squads, Marxist rebels, and government forces since the 1960s has killed more than 220,000 people and left millions more displaced.
Argentinian Pope Francis is expected to strike a reconciliatory note in Colombia, asking the people to give the 2016 peace accord with FARC a chance.
The group, also known the Usuga Clan, is accused of operating profitable drug trafficking routes in partnership with Mexican cartels.
The National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group, which has bombed oil installations and kidnapped for ransom, was founded by radical Catholic priests in 1964.
Colombia’s decades-old conflict with the FARC, preceded by another bloody conflict prove that wars are easier begun than ended, but suddenly there’s optimism in the air.
The six-day meeting in Bogota of FARC members, who have handed in more than 8,000 weapons to the United Nations during their demobilisation, is expected to conclude on Friday with a platform that the party will campaign on in elections next year.
The FARC agreed under a 2016 peace deal with the government to hand over all funds and property to pay reparations to victims of forced disappearance, rape, displacement, kidnapping and land mines.
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The disarmament process officially concluded on Tuesday as the UN, which was supervising the hand-in, removed the final shipment of weapons.
The FARC fought the government for more than half a century, but handed in its weapons as part of a deal negotiated over more than four years in Cuba.
FARC rebels freed a captive UN official they had taken hostage while he was working on a project to replace illegal crops, the Colombian government said.
Having completely disarmed as of June 26, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will reconstitute itself as a political party in the next few months. Insurgent feminism is part of its platform.
Colombia’s FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, was hospitalised after suffering a stroke
A campaign is encouraging the youth of Colombia to send letters of hope and support to the ex-combatants of the FARC now struggling to find their place and establish a new way of life.
Colombia’s FARC rebels hand over nearly all weapons to the UN, ending role in half-century war that killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions.
The official figures stand at two missing, seven dead and 158 rescued, while the cause of the accident is still uncertain.
In lieu of the peace deal struck with the Colombian government, the militant leftist organisation handed over most of their arms ending a 50 year conflict.
28 people are still missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia’s Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday.
The 2,000-strong militant leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) frequently kidnaps Colombians and foreigners for ransom and political leverage.
President Juan Manuel Santos denounced the attack and promised to bring those responsible to justice.
The remaining 40% are due to be relinquished by June 20.
As FARC abandons its jungle strongholds, farmers push deeper into forests, cutting down trees to make way for grazing land for cattle and agriculture.
Popular protest is on the rise globally, particularly in places with deeply entrenched inequalities.
The rebels say farewell to their arms after more than half a century of war and will now form a political party in the country.
Santiago Gamboa’s novel, ‘Volver al oscuro valle’, takes you on a journey with cosmopolitan Colombians who are still haunted by war.
Rebel commanders had complained that the 180-day hand-in period which expires on May 30 was not sufficient because of camp construction delays.
Colombia’s second biggest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) criticised the government for failing to tackle right-wing paramilitary groups.
President Santos blamed climate change for the disaster, saying Mocoa received one-third of its usual monthly rain in just one night.
Researchers say many tree species populating the Amazon region appear to be abundant because they were cultivated by people who populated the area before Europeans arrived more than five centuries ago.