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Colombia to extradite Otoniel to the US as soon as possible (Al Jazeera)

Colombia plans to extradite the man it calls the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker to the United States where he is wanted on a number of charges.

Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, was captured by Colombia’s armed forces during an operation in a rural area of Colombia’s Uraba region on Saturday. The raid involved more than 500 members of Colombia’s special forces and 22 helicopters.

Colombia to extradite Otoniel to the US as soon as possible | Crime News | Al Jazeera

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Otoniel: Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured (Megan Janetsky, Al Jazeera)

Security forces in Colombia have captured Dairo Antonio Usuga, the country’s most wanted drug trafficker.

Better known as Otoniel, the leader of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia or the Gulf Clan, was captured on Saturday in a rural area in the Uraba region.

Otoniel: Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured | Drugs News | Al Jazeera

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Colombia ‘responsible for kidnap, attack and rape of journalist’ (Al Jazeera)

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling holding Colombia’s government responsible for the kidnap, torture and rape of a journalist by paramilitary groups in 2000.

Jineth Bedoya, a reporter at the time for the El Espectador newspaper, was investigating a weapons smuggling ring when she was abducted and assaulted by far-right militia members.

Colombia ‘responsible for kidnap, attack and rape of journalist’ | Freedom of the Press News | Al Jazeera

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Colombians cling tenaciously to peace gains, Security Council hears (UN News)

That was the main message from the Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, delivered to ambassadors at the Security Council on Thursday.

For him, the first former conflict zone fully cleared of landmines, and the extension of the Truth Commission, are examples of this success.

Mr. Massieu was briefing the Council on the Secretary-General’s Quarterly Report about the situation in the Latin American nation.

Colombians cling tenaciously to peace gains, Security Council hears  | | UN News
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USA/Colombia – Secretary Blinken’s Call with Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Ramirez (US Deparment of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez.  The Secretary reaffirmed the enduring partnership between our two countries.  He emphasized the importance of defending and advancing democracy in the region, particularly in Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba.  He reiterated our gratitude to the Government of Colombia for its model outreach to the Venezuelan migrant population.  He expressed U.S. support for Colombia’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery, as underscored by our recent donation of 2.5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 3.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Colombia.  He emphasized our shared commitment to expanding citizen security in the region, meeting our joint counter-narcotics goals, and listening to citizens’ concerns and addressing the root causes of recent protests.  He affirmed our support for lasting peace in Colombia and inclusive economic growth as our hemisphere recovers.

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(Colombia) At least 70 arrested in latest round of Colombia protests (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: At least 70 people have been arrested in the latest round of anti-government protests in Colombia, according to police. Authorities announced on Wednesday, a day after Colombians again took to the street in demonstrations that first began in April in opposition to a since-abandoned tax hike. The protests have shifted into a wider movement against the right-wing administration of President Ivan Duque.

go to Al Jazeera website: At least 70 arrested in latest round of Colombia protests | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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(Colombia) Colombia presents new tax reform to Congress amid more protests (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Colombia’s government formally presented a $3.95bn tax reform bill to Congress on Tuesday, as unions and student groups sought to revive the street protests that helped scupper the reform’s original iteration. The law would raise significantly less than the $6.3bn package that was sought by the government in an April proposal that was later withdrawn amid mass demonstrations and lawmaker opposition.

go to Al Jazeera website: Colombia presents new tax reform to Congress amid more protests | Protests News | Al Jazeera

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Colombia – Colombia used ‘excessive’ force against protesters: IACHR (Megan Janetsky, Al Jazeera)

The Colombian government used “excessive and disproportionate” force during mass protests earlier this year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said in a long-awaited report released on Wednesday.

The IACHR, an autonomous body in the Organization of American States, called on the South American nation to make structural changes to its militarised police force, which has been accused of committing “egregious” abuses against protesters.

Colombia used ‘excessive’ force against protesters: IACHR | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

Demonstrators clash with police during anti-government protests in Medellin on June 28, 2021 [File: Santiago Mesa/Reuters]

Demonstrators clash with police during anti-government protests in Medellin on June 28, 2021 [File: Santiago Mesa/Reuters]

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Colombia – Colombia court accuses soldiers of killing 120 civilians (Al Jazeera)

A Colombian court has accused 10 members of the military and a civilian of forcibly disappearing 24 people and murdering at least 120 civilians and falsely presenting them as fighters who had been killed in combat.

It is the first time that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal in Bogota accused members of the army of being involved in the so-called “false positive” scandal.

Colombia court accuses soldiers of killing 120 civilians | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

A transitional peace court has concluded that more than 6,400 civilians were extrajudicially killed by the Colombian military between 2002 and 2008 [File: Christina Noriega/Al Jazeera]

A transitional peace court has concluded that more than 6,400 civilians were extrajudicially killed by the Colombian military between 2002 and 2008 [File: Christina Noriega/Al Jazeera]

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