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4/26/2009 : Uribe rejects political involvement in hostage releases

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe did not literally speak of opposition senator and mediator Piedad Cordoba, but said Saturday no politicians may take part in the expected release operation of FARC hostage Pablo Emilio Moncayo.

4/25/2009 : Colombia Government Endangers Hostages Lives : Piedad Cordoba and former Betancourt committees

Colombian Liberal Senator Piedad Cordoba denounced on Thursday that the government''s military pressure against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is putting in danger the lives and unilateral release of of noncommissioned officer Pablo Emilio Moncayo and other people held by the guerrilla.

4/22/2009 : Moncayo asks Colombian government to facilitate son’s release

Teacher Gustavo Moncayo today issued a “call for help” to the Colombian government to facilitate the “safe and sound” release of his son, after 11 years held by FARC, and to organise an urgent meeting with Senator Piedad Cordoba to make arrangements for the release.

4/19/2009 : Obama to visit Colombia: Uribe

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Colombia on his next Latin American trip, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe announced after speaking with his U.S. counterpart at the Americas summit in Trinidad & Tobago.

4/16/2009 : FARC rebels to free Pablo Emilio Moncayo, a soldier held for 11 years.

“We announce our decision to free unilaterally Corporal Pablo Emilio Moncayo and to hand him over in person to a commission under the direction of Senator Piedad Cordoba and Professor (Gustavo)Moncayo” the hostage’s father, once conditions are in place to allow the release to be carried out in a safe manner by rebels, stated FARC.

4/11/2009 : RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: Fact-Finding Mission "Shocked"

A delegation of seven British Labour members of parliament and 10 trade union leaders from the U.S., Canada and Britain said they were in a "state of shock" over what they heard during a week-long fact-finding mission to Colombia.

In a strongly worded statement read out in Spanish at a press conference Wednesday in the Colombian Congress, the parliamentary and labour mission accused the government of right-wing President Álvaro Uribe of being an "accomplice of crimes against humanity."

4/10/2009 : Former Peruvian president jailed for human rights abuses

In Peru, Alberto Fujimori has become the first former democratically elected president to be convicted of human rights violations. He's been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

4/8/2009 : FICIB states Betancourt committees also supported Clara Rojas

FICIB (International Federation of Freedom Committees) today stated that its campaigns to free former presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, also included her colleague Clara Rojas, and it denies the latter’s statements.

4/8/2009 : Colombia Prosecutor General investigates 22,000 disappearances

Colombia's Prosecutor General Mario Iguarán revealed Monday his office is investigating 22,000 cases of people who disappeared during Colombia's ongoing violent conflict.

4/5/2009 : Colombia Orders Return of Stolen Farmland

Black Colombians, the descendants of African slaves, have endured mass killings, forced displacements and fighting on ancestral lands -- the hard reality of a simmering but brutal conflict involving deaths squads, Marxist rebels and drug traffickers. The Afro-Colombian population in Choco, where the majority of people are black, suffers from an infant mortality rate twice the national average and a poverty rate topping 75 percent...

4/4/2009 : Colombia: ICRC assists indigenous population displaced by violence

The ICRC continues to be concerned by the plight of the civilian population in the Chocó department, western Colombia, where inhabitants of the Purricha river basin were forced to flee their homes because of the armed conflict in the region. Many of those affected are women and children.

4/1/2009 : Terms set for Colombia Farc talks

Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe has said he is ready to hold peace talks with Colombia's Farc rebels, but that strict conditions would have to be met.

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