Colombia

Thousands at risk of displacement in Colombia due to armed groups – UN

Thousands of people in an area of northwestern Colombia that was the site of a church massacre two years ago are living in fear and are at risk of displacement because of the growing number of irregular armed groups in the region, the United Nations refugee agency reported today in its latest update on the situation.

UN agency reports fresh violence against indigenous communities in Colombia

In its latest expression of concern on the situation in northwestern Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency today reported fresh violence against indigenous inhabitants caught up in the country’s decades-old civil war between the Government, leftwing rebels and rightwing militias.

UN agency voices new concern over civilians caught up in Colombian fighting

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced new concern over the situation in northwestern Colombia where indigenous communities are suffering as a result of clashes between armed groups and an ongoing blockade.

UN agency warns fresh unrest in northwest Colombia could lead to new refugee flood

Humanitarian conditions in northwest Colombia are deteriorating, the civilian population is increasingly fearful over the reported massing of leftist guerrillas and rightist paramilitary forces, and there is a high possibility of new large-scale flight, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN officials begin mission to remote Colombian region affected by civil war

Colombian authorities and United Nations humanitarian officials have begun a joint mission to the country’s remote and impoverished Middle San Juan River region to assess how best to help more than 1,200 Afro-Colombians there displaced by recent fighting in the long-running civil war.

Colombians displaced by conflict face new threats, UN refugee agency warns

Officials from the United Nations refugee agency have met Colombian lawmakers to discuss how to improve the human rights situation around the capital, Bogotá, where tens of thousands of people displaced by its civil war are facing renewed threats of violence and even murder.

UN refugee agency ‘deeply concerned’ for indigenous community in Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced “deep concern” for the safety of more than 1,200 indigenous people in northwest Colombia who have returned to the homes they fled in March because of fighting, calling on the government to protect them from irregular armed groups that still remain in the area.

UN agency reports new Colombian refugees arriving in Venezuela

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a team in Venezuela's border state of Apure evaluating the humanitarian and protection needs of around 200 Colombians who fled fighting in their home country earlier this week.

Colombia: UN starts social project to stem spate of indigenous suicides

As rising numbers of young indigenous people from northwestern Colombia commit suicide, losing the will to live because of the country’s long-running civil war, the United Nations refugee agency has begun a social project with local spiritual leaders to try to halt the phenomenon.

As Colombia talks open, Annan urges respect for ceasefire

As the Government of Colombia and paramilitary forces open formal talks today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged full respect for the ceasefire as well as the concentration of forces in order to allow the discussions to proceed.