Second Colombian peace deal

This item appears on page 19 of the January 2017 issue.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the rebel group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army), Rodrigo Londoño, signed a second peace accord on Nov. 24 after the first one, agreed upon on Sept. 26, 2016, was denied by voters in a national referendum (Nov. ’16, pgs. 19, 63)

Unlike the first accord, the second accord was not voted upon by the public but was unanimously approved by Colombia’s senate. 

Changes to the second accord include greater protection for rural landowners, changes in rules governing trials for accused war criminals and bans against some rebel leaders running for office.