UN agency moves to protect native populations fleeing Colombia for Venezuela

The United Nations refugee agency today said it was joining other humanitarian organizations rushing to locate and protect hundreds of indigenous Wayúu people driven across the border into Venezuela from their native lands in Colombia by deadly paramilitary strikes.

Colombia has biggest humanitarian crisis in Western Hemisphere, UN says

Though kidnapping and assassination have declined in Colombia, the humanitarian situation has worsened, with 2 million people becoming displaced over the past 15 years and 1 million of those made homeless in the last three or four years alone, the United Nations chief of humanitarian relief said today.

UN relief official meets Colombian President on humanitarian situation

A senior United Nations relief official was to meet today with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia for talks on the country's humanitarian situation, the worst in the Western Hemisphere, with an estimated 3 million people uprooted from their homes by conflict over the past 10 years.

Colombia: UN official seeks improved response to West’s worst humanitarian crisis

A senior United Nations relief official is in Colombia today for the start of an official visit, during which he will meet with senior government officials and look at ways to improve response to the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crisis.

UN refugee agency to establish foothold in Panama to help fleeing Colombians

With hundreds of Colombians fleeing their country’s civil conflict, the United Nations refugee agency announced today that it would establish a permanent presence in neighbouring Panama to improve its assistance.

Fighting displaces indigenous people from western Colombia, UN agency says

More than 1,200 Colombians from indigenous communities recently fled their ancestral homelands near the border with Panama because of heavy fighting between left-wing and right-wing forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Colombia: Annan expresses dismay as human rights abuses continue

Voicing dismay at continuing human rights abuses by guerrillas and paramilitary groups in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement today calling for the violations to end and for international humanitarian law to be respected.

UN food agency voices concern for 2 million Colombians displaced by conflict

A senior official from the United Nations emergency feeding agency voiced concern today over the plight of 2 million Colombians displaced by armed conflict, 80 per cent of them lacking access to food.

Colombia must protect rights of journalists, UN expert says

Against the backdrop of a 40-year conflict in Colombia, the country’s new anti-terrorism measures and the growing concentration of media ownership are hampering the work of journalists, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

UNESCO chief condemns 'heinous' assassination of Colombian journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the “heinous” assassination of an outspoken Colombian journalist and called for the punishment of those responsible.