Colombia

Annan welcomes regional leaders’ declaration on Colombia

Reacting to a call by regional leaders for a peaceful end to the decades-long conflict in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed their support for his continuing involvement in bringing about a negotiated settlement.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ for Colombia’s indigenous people

The United Nations refugee agency expressed grave concern today over the impact of Colombia’s civil conflict on the country’s indigenous peoples, including forced displacement and reports of rape, and called upon all armed groups to respect the rights of the civilian population and guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers.

UN agency signs agreement with Colombia to strengthen refugee laws

The United Nations refugee agency has signed a landmark agreement with Colombia to strengthen the capacity of the country's authorities to legislate on internal displacement issues and protect the rights of asylum seekers.

UN agency helping Ecuador deal with upsurge in Colombian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is assisting the government of Ecuador deal with an upsurge of Colombians seeking asylum since fighting intensified in their home country, particularly in the border areas.

Annan condemns Colombian rebel group for 'vicious' killing of hostages

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the recent "vicious killings" of 10 hostages by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling the rebel group's action a "dangerous intensification of the conflict" that demanded immediate steps to stop the spiral of violence.

UN rights agency condemns rebel killing of hostages in Colombia

The United Nations human rights agency today condemned the recent killing of a Colombian provincial governor and nine other people who had been held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.