Colombia

Continued violence strains Colombia peace process, Security Council hears

Enormous challenges remain on the road to lasting peace in Colombia, where despite ongoing attacks and stigmatization, the vast majority of former FARC-EP fighters who laid down their weapons under a 2016 peace agreement with the Government, remain engaged in the reintegration process, the head of the UN mission in the South American country says.

News in Brief 1 October 2020

  • Nearly $1 billion pledged towards ending COVID-19 
  • Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says UN independent rights panel 
  • Colombian child rights defender wins UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award 
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Top humanitarian award winner ‘nothing short of heroic’: UN refugee chief 

An educator and rights defender who has spent more than 20 years rescuing exploited and trafficked children in Colombia, represents “the best of us”, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as she was named the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  
  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 
  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 
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Pandemic has exposed need for better cooperation mechanisms in crisis situations, Colombian President tells UN

Facing the coronavirus pandemic, the global community is at an inflection point, which should spur fresh thinking about broader international cooperation and way to ensure a sustainable and fair future for all, Iván Duque, the President of Colombia told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. 

Colombia: Killing of rights defenders, social leaders, ex-fighters, most serious threat to peace

The killing of former combatants, human rights defenders and social leaders of communities devastated by decades of conflict, remains the most serious threat to peace in Colombia since the signing of a landmark peace agreement in 2016, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, meeting in-person at UN Headquarters in New York, for the first time in four months.

Colombia: Security Council hears of ‘epidemic of violence’ against civil society and ex-combatants

While political actors in Colombia are uniting to confront COVID-19, they must also work together to fight “the epidemic of violence” against civil society leaders, human rights defenders and former combatants, the head of the UN mission in the country said on Tuesday during a Security Council meeting held by videoconference.

Colombia: ‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is “deeply troubled by the staggering number of human rights defenders killed in Colombia” last year, its spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Colombia: ‘Significant strides’ towards integrated peace, UN envoy tells Security Council

Colombia has continued to make “significant strides in its peace process”, the top UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Monday.

News in Brief 29 November 2019

  • Violence in DR Congo Ebola hotspot leaves people ‘caught in crossfire’
  • Iraq: Guterres, Bachelet express concern at continued protester deaths
  • UN-appointed panel urges Colombia to do more to stop human rights defender murders
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