Cartagena, Colombia. Editorial credit: sunsinger / Shutterstock.com.

Colombia

Colombia is among the longest-standing democracies in Latin America, but one with a history of widespread violence and serious human rights abuses. The incidence of violence has declined in recent years, and public institutions have demonstrated the capacity to check executive power and enforce the rule of law. The government and the country’s main left-wing guerrilla group signed a peace accord in 2016, but as of 2018 Colombia still faced enormous challenges in consolidating peace and guaranteeing political rights and civil liberties throughout its territory.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — Colombia Country Report

Colombia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

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Freedom on the Net — Colombia Country Report

Colombia is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.