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Colombia hopes for ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire during coronavirus as violence resurges

The Conversation, April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

Colombia hopes for ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire during coronavirus as violence resurges

Shauna N Gillooly, a Political Science PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine writes, “Colombia, which passed the 1,000 COVID-19 case mark in early April, has been proactive in its efforts to contain the virus. The country is under a nationally mandated quarantine until at least April 13. That hasn’t kept Colombia’s armed groups at home. As the country prepared for quarantine the week of March 23, three community leaders were killed. The murders are part of a wave of violence against Colombian community organizers who have led protests and strikes by indigenous and peasant communities to demand the social and economic justice initiatives promised in the peace deal.”