Civil Society Under Siege in Colombia
DIANE Publishing, Jan 1, 2008 - 16 pages
This report is based on material gathered during & after a visit to Columbia in Feb. 2003, to evaluate the effects of the internal armed conflict on Colombia civil society. As foreign aid, drug money, & corruption bolster the armed forces, guerrillas, & para-militaries, the armed conflict in Colombia continues to intensify in scope & brutality. Despite the stalling of the national peace process, a vibrant civil society is engaged in a search for peace. Churches, NGOs, & local & regional authorities are designing & implementing programs that offer alternatives to violence. These local & regional peace initiatives are laying the groundwork for confidence-building measures that could lead to broader initiatives for peace at the national level.
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Page 10 - Illegal armed groups, especially the FARC, threatened or attacked religious officials for opposing the recruitment of minors, promoting human rights, assisting internally displaced persons, and discouraging coca cultivation.