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5/31/2011 : Colombia Rejects FARC Prisoner Swap

Colombia's government rejected the idea of carrying out a prisoner swap with the FARC, after the guerrilla group publicly called for a "civilized and political exit" from the conflict.

5/30/2011 : Colombia reveals mass land theft

The Colombian government says almost 7m hectares (17m acres) of land have been stolen by armed groups involved in the country's civil conflict over the past 25 years.

5/28/2011 : Colombia identifies almost 10000 bodies in unmarked graves

The Colombian government has identified the remains of almost 10,000 people buried in unmarked graves across the country, and at least that many more bodies are still to be identified, an official said.

5/26/2011 : Seventh break-in at journalist’s home, intelligence agency suspected

Ignacio Gómez, the co-producer of the “Noticias Uno” news programme on state-owned TV station Canal Uno, believes that Colombia’s leading intelligence agency, the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), was responsible for yesterday’s break-in at his Bogotá apartment, the seventh in the past decade.

5/24/2011 : State and paramilitaries responsible for 16000 forced disappearances: UN

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that the Colombian state and paramilitaries are culpable for 16,000 forced disappearances in the country over the last three decades, Spanish news agency EFE reported Monday.

5/20/2011 : 600 Colombian teachers threatened in past 12 months

At least 600 Colombian school teachers have been impeded from doing their job over the past year due to threats, according to the country's largest public school teachers union Fecode. Five of these teachers were assassinated in the course of 2011.

5/16/2011 : Amnesty International: Colombia's human rights progress not enough

Amnesty International (AI) commended human rights progress made in Colombia under President Juan Manuel Santos, but said the country still faces serious problems, during a Thursday presentation in London, Colombian media reported.

5/9/2011 : Re-Demobilized Colombian Paramilitaries to Sign Free Trade Agreement with US

"While more than 30,000 [paramilitaries] supposedly demobilized, Colombian prosecutors have turned up evidence that many of them were not paramilitaries at all, but rather, civilians recruited to pose as paramilitaries. Law enforcement authorities never investigated most of them.”

5/3/2011 : Displaced Campesinos in Colombia Want a Say on Land Restitution Bill

The Colombian government has been extolling a bill on Victims and Land Restitution which is being debated in Congress and is receiving extensive media coverage. But the demands of the victims themselves, forcibly displaced campesinos, are falling on deaf ears.

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