Although Colombia is a democracy where religious freedom is enshrined in law, large areas of the country are still controlled by criminal organisations, drug cartels and paramilitary groups, even after the peace deal with the FARC. Christians are seen as a threat to these groups, as they represent an alternative way to behave in society. Church services are monitored and Christians who speak out against these groups are targeted. In indigenous communities, conversion from traditional beliefs is not tolerated and Christians are excluded from basic social services or even expelled from their communities.

 

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Colombian Christian leader accused of FARC affiliation

Colombian Christian leader accused of FARC affiliation

As peace talks continue between the Colombian government and Latin America’s oldest left-wing guerrilla insurgency, FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a case involving a prominent Christian leader highlights the difficulties faced by those who seek to mediate between the opposing sides. At the other end of the political spectrum […]

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