All About AUC

AUC / 10 AUG 2011

Extradition to stand trial in the U.S., long the biggest fear of Colombian drug traffickers, could now be a softer option, offering shorter jail terms and even impunity to criminals.

AUC / 1 AUG 2011

A new report concludes that there is little chance Colombia's new generation of criminal gangs will achieve the same degree of political control as their paramilitary predecessors -- but this…

AUC / 26 JUL 2011

A leader of the Rastrojos, one of Colombia's most powerful gangs, has been murdered by his own bodyguards in the northern Bajo Cauca region, giving the rival Urabeños the chance…

AUC / 7 JUN 2011

A lawsuit against fruit company Chiquita over payments it made to right-wing paramilitary groups in Colombia will go to U.S. federal courts.

AUC / 25 MAY 2011

The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) was a coalition of right-wing death squads that used the conflict to camouflage their illicit economic activities. These included…

AUC / 13 MAY 2011

A Colombian think tank has published a book about the business networks used by paramilitary group the AUC, showing how the militia managed to gain funds and support through business…

AUC / 13 MAY 2011

To mark the third anniversary of the extradition of 14 of Colombia's former top paramilitary commanders to the U.S., Verdad Abierta has released a report which asks whether…

AUC / 7 APR 2011

Confidential internal memos from Chiquita Brands International reveal that the banana giant benefited from its payments to Colombian paramilitary and guerrilla groups, contradicting the company's 2007 plea agreement…

AUC / 15 MAR 2011

Colombia will hold elections for mayors, governors, state assemblies and city councilors in October. The approach of the local elections raises the perennial threat that the results could be influenced…

AUC / 11 MAR 2011

Paramilitary commanders have said that the demobilization of some elements of the AUC was faked, with the blessing of government officials, undermining official claims that paramilitarism in Colombia is a…

AUC / 1 MAR 2011

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has been widely praised for his grand plan to return swathes of land to the country’s massive population of internal refugees, forced off their…

AUC / 22 FEB 2011

WikiLeaks is a curious, multilayered beast. On the surface, the diplomatic cables reveal "secrets." But perhaps more importantly, they give us context and meaning to government policy and, sometimes, folly.

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