UN refugee chief heads to Colombia to draw attention to plight of displaced persons

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, today headed to Colombia in a bid to raise international awareness about the plight of the over 2 million people who have been displaced by the country’s long-running conflict.

UN agency asks US to grant Colombian refugees temporary protected status

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recommended that the United States grant temporary protected status to the tens of thousands of Colombian nationals currently in the country, ensuring them at least temporary protection and safety.

UN refugee agency chief concerned about Colombia's worsening humanitarian situation

Expressing concern over Colombia's worsening humanitarian situation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers today called for more aid to help the victims of the country's decades-long conflict.

UN agency concerned fighting in Colombia forcing civilians to neighbouring countries

As fighting between various groups in Colombia continues, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that more civilians would be forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

James LeMoyne appointed as Annan’s Special Adviser on Colombia

James LeMoyne, who has been serving as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s acting Special Adviser on Colombia since January, was today formally appointed to the post.

Colombia: UN human rights office condemns forced displacement of indigenous people

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the forced displacement of some 800 indigenous people following threats by the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

UN refugee agency issues new guidelines on rights of Colombian asylum seekers

To help countries cope with increasing numbers of displaced Colombians, the UN refugee agency has released a set of guidelines recommending that governments and advocates consider Colombia’s deteriorating situation when examining asylum claims by those who have fled the country.

Colombia: Annan pledges UN help for humanitarian crisis, human rights situation

In talks with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today pledged that the UN system stands ready to help the country deal with its humanitarian crisis and human rights situation, a UN spokesman said in New York.

Annan welcomes reconciliation efforts by Colombian people, civic leaders

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed the efforts of the Colombian people and civil society leaders to strengthen prospects for a negotiated settlement to Colombia's conflict.

Colombia: Annan pledges UN commitment to reconciliation, human rights

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, met today with President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia and pledged the UN's commitment to reconciliation, humanitarian efforts and human rights in the country.