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Andean Group - December 2020

We begin this December edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group in Colombia, where the emergence of some 24,000 audio recordings gathered by the attorney general’s office has exposed a tangled web of crime and corruption, involving fugitive guerrilla commanders, former attorney general Néstor Humberto Martínez (2016-2019), and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Andean Group - November 2020

International NGO Global Witness has identified the Andean region as a hot spot for violence against environmental defenders – activists and community leaders fighting against environmental destruction and associated human rights abuses.

Andean Group - October 2020

A historic ruling issued by Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) in September condemned the “systematic, violent, and arbitrary intervention of the Fuerza Pública [state security forces] in demonstrations and protests”.

Andean Group - September 2020

Ecuador’s government found itself dragged unexpectedly into the spiralling geopolitical tensions between the US and China in August, as a fishing dispute off the country’s Pacific coast escalated quickly into a broader diplomatic debacle.

Andean Group - August 2020

By April 2021, four elections are scheduled to have taken place in the Andean region – general elections in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, and a legislative election in Venezuela.

Andean Group - July 2020

Following the 2016 peace agreement in Colombia, military coca eradication missions were meant to be swapped for development aid and crop substitution programmes.

Andean Group - June 2020

The Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (Coica), a transnational umbrella organisation representing indigenous communities from across the Amazon basin, has warned that the failure of national governments to protect indigenous peoples from the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic would be tantamount to “ethnocide”.

Andean Group - May 2020

We begin this May edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group by exploring the turbulent relationship between the Colombian government and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrilla group.

Andean Group - April 2020

As governments across the Andean region have increasingly demonstrated a willingness to scapegoat Venezuelan migrants for problems of crime and insecurity, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic threatens to add to this rising tide of xenophobia.

Andean Group - March 2020

We begin this March edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group with Bolivia, where increasing political polarisation in recent months has shone a light on deeper-lying social divisions in the country, as critics of Jeanine Áñez’s interim government have argued that there is a broadly racialised divide between supporters of Áñez, and of the deposed Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).

Andean Group - February 2020

In this February edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group, we begin with Colombia, where violence has surged to the highest levels since the country’s 2016 peace agreement.

Andean Group - January 2020

In Venezuela, the deaths of eight people in the gold-mining town of Ikabarú, on Bolívar state’s Brazilian border, has drawn significant national attention.