Class conflict, rural - urban divisions, and impunity for criminals created circumstances putting Obando and other political activists at high risk.
In another fit of lunacy, the Republican House Committee on Foreign Relations voted to cancel the payment of dues to the Organization of American States.
Accused of rounding up money for the FARC, Manuel Olate was detained for three months as a first step to extradition.
It was, lawyer Paul Wolf observed, "One of the most detailed judicial opinions ever written in any U.S. human rights case."
The top court issued a writ of prohibition in the case of former Congressman Wilson Borja, ending investigation into allegations he had connections with the FARC.
An arrest near Caracas triggered questions about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a socialist and protagonist of continent-wide emancipation knuckling under to Colombia.
Paramilitary forces have displaced over four million rural people from 16 million acres of land.
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The arrest of Liliany Obando on trumped up charges is under scrutiny, as evidence against her is lacking.