I’ve not used the blog for a while, but I feel that people are still unaware of what is continuing to happen in Colombia, despite the peace agreement. Even though a peace agreement has been agreed in Colombia, atrocities are still occurring – the agreement has been a huge step forward, but has brought to light other issues, and violence and threats against human rights activists and defenders have increased. I hope to highlight some of these as I become aware of them, mainly reposting articles from trustworthy sources.
The first of these is about rape victims being silenced. More than 15,000 women and girls suffered sexual violence, including rape, during Colombia’s civil war, with half of crimes involving children. The true exent of these crimes is only just coming to light and most cases have so far gone unpunished, although, under the peace accord, Colombia will hold war tribunals to try former rebel fighters, state military and civilians accused of human rights atrocities, including rape, and lawmakers are currently debating a bill to provide the legal framework for the tribunals.
Read more here – http://news.trust.org/item/20171124154824-qahut