Weekly Report - 06 January 2022 (WR-22-01)

COLOMBIA: At least 24 killed in Arauca guerrilla dispute

Colombia’s north-eastern department of Arauca experienced its “most violent day in 10 years” on 2 January, according to Juan Carlos Villate, the departmental human rights ombudsman. At least 24 people were murdered and over 50 abducted in attacks attributed to tensions between the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group and dissident members of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). President Iván Duque deployed two army battalions to the region in response to the violence, but this has been criticised as posturing by opposition figures who accuse the government of fuelling the conflict in Arauca by reneging on its commitments under the 2016 peace agreement struck with the Farc.

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