Colombia

Release of Colombian hostages welcomed by top UN human rights official

Voicing her relief and satisfaction at the release of four former parliamentarians in Colombia who had been held hostage by an armed rebel group for more than six years, the United Nations human rights chief today called for the immediate release of all other hostages.

More Colombian refugees need support in Ecuador, says UN agency

Almost three quarters of the 80,000 Colombians living in northern Ecuador need protection and support, and that number is likely to rise, according to a new survey by the United Nations refugee agency, which warns that many host communities are being overstretched by the arrivals.

Colombia and UN food agency join forces to help over half a million displaced

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a $157 million joint operation with the Colombian Government to provide food and other humanitarian assistance to more than 530,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the South American country over the next three years.