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.