Colombian Villagers Still at Risk Despite Peace Deal, Amnesty Says — The Voice of America (E)
Hundreds of Colombian villagers have been killed or driven from their homes despite the recent peace deal between the government and rebels, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
“Alarmingly, in large parts of Colombia, the armed conflict is as alive as ever,” Amnesty’s Americas director Erika Guevara-Rosas said Tuesday. “Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have yet to see any difference in their lives since the peace accords were signed.”
The new report focuses on the village of San Jose de Apartado, which declared itself a “peace community” 20 years ago by refusing to allow forces from either side in the fighting into the area.
It says violence in the cities, unexploded mines and bombs, and restrictions on freedom of movement mean there is still “a long way to go in Colombia.” Voice of America