Colombia’s armed conflict is “alive as ever” in “large parts” of the South American country, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday, three months after the government signed peace with the country’s largest rebel group.
“An unabated wave of threats, killings and forced displacement of hundreds of peaceful villagers in north-western Colombia is a frightening illustration that the armed conflict is far from over,” AI said in a press release.
The international human rights NGO’s statement came just days after a report by Colombian think tank Fundacion Ideas por la Paz that said the peace deal signed with Marxist FARC rebels on November 24 failed to bring peace to the country, but a “new phase of armed conflict.”
The administration of President Juan Manuel Santos has come under tremendous international pressure after failing to comply with almost all made commitments in the peace deal.
Mainly the military’s failure to enter territories abandoned by the FARC as agreed has created a major power vacuum, territorial expansion operations by paramilitary groups or plain lawlessness. …