The FOR Colombia Program periodically publishes reports and other documents that further elucidate the situation in Colombia and the work we conduct. Please check back periodically for new resources.
FOR and Amnesty International-USA have produced a report (download it here) on extrajudicial killings committed by Colombian army brigades financed by the United States, product of research by both organizations. The report reviews US law regulating military assistance, includes extensive data on US-trained army units, violations, maps, analyzes the extent of army killings in areas of US-supported brigades, and includes recommendations to US policy makers.
FOR National Council member Zara Zimbardo hosts Access SF's Newsroom program, with a special segment on Colombia, that you can access here. Click on Episode #57; the segment on Colombia is 18 minutes in.
Democracy Now! 27 July 2009
Tensions Rise in Latin America over US Military Plan to Use Three Bases in Colombia
The Colombian government has agreed to grant US forces the use of three Colombian military bases for South American anti-drug operations. The move has heightened tensions between Colombia, the largest recipient of US military aid in the Americas, and its neighbors, particularly Venezuela and Ecuador. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned that the US Army could “invade” his country from Colombia.
Report (in Spanish): Extrajudicial Exeuctions in Colombia, January 1-December 31,2007
Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario
FOR and the American Friends Service Committee have released a report documenting the first-person experiences of women peace activists in Colombia. "I Will Never Be Silenced: Testimonies of Hope from Colombian Woman" highlights the words and work of 17 women from throughout Colombia - rural and urban, old and young, Afro-Colombian, indigenous and mestizo, artists, religious, political, feminists. These women have tirelessly and fearlessly worked to create peace and justice.
This DVD, produced by Swiss filmmaker Juan Jose Lozano, tells the story of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. This is a wonderful introduction to the Community and the principles involved in taking a stand for peace in a conflict zone.
English subtitles, 58 minutes.
In the last six months, Colombiaâ€™s armed forces and intelligence agency have evidenced a slew of major scandals, abuses, and policy failures, largely unexplored in Administration and media reports. These include a massacre by the army of top anti-drug police; terrorist infiltration of the Colombian intelligence agency; documented torture of army cadets; extrajudicial killings; use of Blackhawk helicopters to attack unarmed indigenous protesters; and responding to expressions of concern by dozens of Members of Congress with public relations instead of action.
Taken together, these events demonstrate the urgent imperative to fundamentally reconsider the United Statesâ€™ relationship with the Colombian Armed Forces. This reports provides a brief review.