It is uncertain to what extent the peace deal will be fulfilled, but the resilience of the Colombians raises hope for the future.
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.
The group, also known the Usuga Clan, is accused of operating profitable drug trafficking routes in partnership with Mexican cartels.
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 FARC will hold 10 automatic seats in Congress through 2026 under the terms of the accord and may campaign for others.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels, whose first political conference will close on Friday with a concert and speeches in Bogota’s central square, will now go by Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, preserving the Spanish initials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 teachers were promised more funds directed towards public education after the FARC weapons handover deal, but they saw nothing.
The remaining 40% are due to be relinquished by June 20.
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.
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Colombia’s Constitutional Court has struck down two provisions meant to speed approval of laws on the government’s peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels.
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Two months after signing peace accords with the FARC guerrillas, Colombia has begun negotiations with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the ELN.
More than 6,000 FARC fighters are set to finish arriving at UN camps in the coming days to hand over weapons and begin reintegration programmes.
Just under 4,400 FARC fighters are currently making their way to more than two dozen rural camps scattered around the country, accompanied by officials from the UN and the government.
The Colombian government has joined forces with the FARC rebels in order to end the cultivation of coca as part of the peace deal between the two.
The ELN rebel group in Colombia is ready to call a ceasefire and begin peace talks with the government, ending years of conflict between the two.
The much-delayed peace talks to begin after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage.
A video, which shows men clad in UN jackets dancing with female rebels, created controversy questioning the neutrality of the UN observers in Colombia.
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New governments were voted in, others struggled through crises, some economies recovered and one country inched closer to peace. Next year brings promise to some, stability to others and continued unrest elsewhere.
The court’s 8-1 decision will cut the approval time to six months instead of a year, Senate President Mauricio Lizcano told journalists.
Colombia’s Congress may have ratified the Santos government’s revised peace deal with the FARC, but the path ahead is unlikely to be easy, given the revival in social and political aggression against the left.
The ratification of the revised peace deal begins a six-month countdown for the 7,000-strong FARC, which started as a rebellion fighting rural poverty, to abandon weapons and form a political party.
The new accord was put together in just over a month after the original pact was narrowly and unexpectedly defeated in an October 2 referendum for being too lenient on the rebels.
“We have the unique opportunity to close this painful chapter in our history that has bereaved and afflicted millions of Colombians for half a century,” the president said in a televised address.
The latest accord aims to satisfy objections made by millions of Colombians who voted down the original deal in a referendum last month.
“I agree that the discussions should move to Congress, and we will do so next week, on Wednesday,” Santos said in a televised address.
The government and FARC said the new document incorporated proposals from the opposition, religious leaders and others to end the conflict.