Cocaine output slashed in Colombia, slight rise in Bolivia, Peru – UN report

Colombia witnessed a dramatic fall in coca cultivation and cocaine production in 2008, thanks in large part to the destruction of over 200,000 hectares of fields growing the illicit drug, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN expert voices concern over murders committed by Colombian security forces

An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that although guerrilla groups in Colombia commit a significant number of murders, more concerning are the so-called ‘false positive’ slayings performed by security forces.