09 Jan 2019

Illegal deforestation spikes in Colombia: How FARC prevented deforestation and the government cannot

Although FARC groups have been largely demobilized in the two years since the peace deal they signed with the Colombian government, the government has been unable to prevent escalation in illegal activities that impact the country’s forests, an escalation that is heavily driven by the fallout of a demobilized FARC.

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08 Jan 2019

Gabon thwarts coup attempt as plotters are killed, hostages freed

The Gabonese government has successfully countered a military coup attempt that had taken control of state radio services and a major traffic route in the capital of Libreville. President Ali Bongo took power in 2009 upon the death of his father, who had ruled the country for over 40 years.

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08 Jan 2019

Colombia: One human rights advocate killed every three days

Community leaders and human rights advocates in Colombia are being assassinated at a rate of roughly 1 every 3 days, the highest rate in the world, since the 2016 peace agreement with FARC. 5 out of the 6 most dangerous countries for these killings are in Latin America and include Guatemala,

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07 Jan 2019

Cameroon’s English-Speaking Areas Becoming Deserted

Cameroon’s English-speaking area that separatists had declared the independent Republic of Ambozonia has become heavily depopulated following two years of violence and fighting. Well over 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, with unknown thousands, relocating internally to Francophone areas. The government has blamed separatist fighters for the ongoing

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07 Jan 2019

U.S. sends troops in response to possible “violent” demonstrations in DR Congo

“President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election.  Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had

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07 Jan 2019

Days after Bolsonaro inauguration, Brazil deploys troops to stop surge in violence in Fortaleza

“About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment

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03 Jan 2019

A ‘reign of fear’ takes hold in Nicaragua with new crackdown

2018 saw a protest movement emerge in Nicaragua against authoritarian president Daniel Ortega, which was violently repressed by police and paramilitary groups, killing 324. This crackdown has continued and intensified, with any media and human rights groups critical of the government being completely shutdown and having to operate covertly. “The

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03 Jan 2019

Somalia orders top U.N. official to leave

Somalia has declared the top UN official in the country a persona non grata after his publication of a letter questioning the involvement of U.N.-funded Somali security forces in the arrest of an election candidate who had previously defected from al-Shabaab in 2017. The arrest led to a local uproar

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02 Jan 2019

Warning of ‘Fictitious’ Election Results Online, Congo Cuts Internet and SMS services through January 6

“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election. Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after

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31 Dec 2018

Yemen’s Shiite rebels hand over control of Hodeida port

“Yemen’s Shiite rebels on Saturday handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the country’s navy and coast guard under U.N. supervision, security officials said, in a significant step in the implementation of a deal reached during peace talks in Sweden earlier this

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