08/08/2012 12:34 pm ET Updated Aug 08, 2012

Colombia's Indigenous Conflict in Cauca

As the Colombian government’s historical conflict with its own indigenous population wages on, the nation finds itself trapped by past international agreements it has signed as well as it’s own constitutional charter, something that has given its indigenous people sovereignty and protected rights. 

In the department of Cauca, an area in southwest Colombia known as a hotbed for the armed conflict between the military and the left-wing FARC rebel group, indigenous communities have protested the presence of both state troops and guerillas, saying that it puts the residents’ lives at risk.

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