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Security & Strategic Review - February 2020

Paramilitary resurgence going under the radar

As violence in Colombia has surged to the highest levels since the country’s 2016 peace agreement, President Iván Duque’s government has been unequivocal in attributing responsibility to the remnants of the country’s guerrilla forces. By contrast, there is relative silence on the enduring role of paramilitary groups, estimated by Colombia’s National Centre for Historical Memory in 2013 to have been responsible for 59% of all massacres in the country’s 50-year armed conflict.

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