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Widespread assassination of social leaders in Colombia poses a threat to peace and U.S. policy goals that Vice President Pence must address.
The end of the left-wing insurgency could deprive other violent actors of cover and impunity for their attacks on human rights activists.
On Saturday, May 21, Spanish journalist Salud Hernández disappeared from Tarra, Norte de Santander, Colombia.
The government and rebel leaders have set a March 2016 deadline to reach a final peace agreement, but disarmament, demining, and justice for victims of the conflict will take much longer.