Steven Grattan

Steven Grattan

Steven Grattan is a freelance journalist from Northern Ireland who has been based in Bogota, Colombia, since 2013. He has covered Colombian elections, Venezuelan migration, general news and politics and has a particular interest in human rights and LGBTQ stories.

Latin America

Colombia elections: Candidates face spate of violence

Seven candidates have been killed and more than 60 others have been attacked in the lead up to the October 27 election.

Colombia elections: Candidates face spate of violence

Latin America

Ex-Colombian President Uribe to testify in fraud case

Alvaro Uribe will appear before a judge in closed session in a landmark case that could lead to formal criminal charges.

Ex-Colombian President Uribe to testify in fraud case

Environment

Amazon countries sign pact to better protect the rainforest

Indigenous leaders and analysts remain cautiously optimistic about pact, saying it is thin on details and directives.

Amazon countries sign pact to better protect the rainforest

FARC

Colombia's Duque seeks arrest of rearmed ex-FARC leaders

Duque announces offensive to find ex-FARC leaders, who said they're rearming in a 'new phase of the armed struggle'.

Colombia's Duque seeks arrest of rearmed ex-FARC leaders

Latin America

Colombians march to protest against killing of activists

Thousands take to streets in cities across Colombia demanding government action over the killing of social leaders.

Colombians march to protest against killing of activists

Latin America

Thousands hold 'national strike' in Colombia over budget cuts

Protesters march against government plans to decrease the education budget and change pension plans.

Thousands hold 'national strike' in Colombia over budget cuts

Colombia

Colombia's lower house rejects Duque's changes to peace tribunal

Colombia's lower house voted 110-44 to turn down the suggested changes in latest congressional defeat to the president.

Colombia's lower house rejects Duque's changes to peace tribunal

Venezuela

Venezuelan students use risky crossings to get to Colombia school

Border closure forced many children to use armed group-controlled trails to attend classes in the neighbouring country.

Venezuelan students use risky crossings to get to Colombia school

Venezuela

For some Venezuelan migrants, blackout was 'the last straw'

Those fleeing Venezuela say it's nearly impossible to cope with the blackout, now in its fifth day.

For some Venezuelan migrants, blackout was 'the last straw'

Colombia

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

As Venezuelans pour across the border, health workers in Colombia's Cucuta say that hospitals are at a breaking point.

Colombia border hospitals struggle with Venezuelan migrant influx

Venezuela

Venezuelans risk 'dangerous' trek as official borders remain shut

More Venezuelans are crossing armed group-controlled 'trochas' as main borders remain closed, rights groups say.

Venezuelans risk 'dangerous' trek as official borders remain shut

Latin America

Venezuela military defector: I'll keep fighting for our freedom

Although hundreds have defected, analysts say until there're breaks in upper ranks, there'll be little effect on Maduro.

Venezuela military defector: I'll keep fighting for our freedom