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12/30/2009 : Hugo Chavez claims Colombia, US could simulate attack on fake rebel camp in Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez is accusing Colombia and the United States of plotting to set up a fake rebel camp on Venezuelan soil to discredit his government.

12/26/2009 : Catholic Church seeks talks with Colombia rebels

A Roman Catholic Church official on Friday proposed a meeting in Europe with Colombia's main guerrilla leader to discuss handover of hostages and possible negotiations to end Latin America's oldest insurgency.

12/24/2009 : Colombia: release of soldiers by FARC rebels hold back

For the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the process was no guarantee as a result of Uribe’s order, so the agency suspended all its efforts in this regard. “I call on the government to not to use what is going on to prevent a release,” he said.

12/23/2009 : Abducted Colombia governor found dead Los Angeles Times

Caqueta state Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar was found dead Tuesday, Colombian authorities said, less than a day after he was abducted from his home by suspected leftist guerrillas.

12/20/2009 : Colombia beefs up forces on border with Venezuela

The Colombian government has announced it is building a new military base on its border with Venezuela and has activated six new airborne battalions.

12/18/2009 : Climate of fear leads to impunity for criminals in Colombia, UN expert warns

La Rapporteuse spéciale sur l'indépendance des juges et des avocats, Gabriela Carina Knaul de Albuquerque e Silva, a estimé jeudi que la Colombie devait renforcer son système judiciaire qui est confronté à un climat d'insécurité.

12/17/2009 : Colombia rebel groups Farc and ELN agree 'to unite'

Two of Colombia's biggest rebel groups have announced they intend to unite with each other against the country's US-backed security forces. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) said they were "on our way toward working for unity".

12/10/2009 : COLOMBIA- A two-tier justice system.

The Colombian weekly magazine Semana reports that the country has been taken aback by the case of a young student who faces a possible prison sentence of between eight and ten years for having threatened the president’s son on Facebook.

12/9/2009 : Colombia: 195 Teachers Killed, No One Guilty

195 teachers have been assassinated in Colombia, without a single arrest being made, and 35 trade unionists have been killed this year alone.

12/8/2009 : The capture of eight soldiers believed to have participated in the scandal of ‘false positives’

Agents from the CTI (Research and Technical Agency) arrested eight soldiers in Antioquia and Casanare. These persons have been implicated in the killing of several individuals who were then presented as members of illegal armed groups killed during combat.

12/4/2009 : Imprisoned guerrillas do not wish to return to the FARC: former FARC boss

Former FARC leader claimed Tuesday that none of the imprisoned guerrillas the FARC wants returned in exchange for hostage releases wish to return to the guerrilla force.

12/2/2009 : Uribe, Neither Yes nor No

Today, the period ends for President Alvaro Uribe to declare whether he will seek a third term

12/1/2009 : Former Rebel Hostage Running for Colombian Senate

Clara Rojas, who spent nearly six years with former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt as a hostage of leftist FARC rebels, announced Monday that she will run for the Colombian Senate to serve from 2010-2014.

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