Colombia: UN relief chief urges greater efforts to alleviate humanitarian suffering

Although progress has been made in addressing the humanitarian suffering in Colombia, particularly high levels of displacement due to conflict and natural disasters, the top United Nations relief official said that more needs to be done.

Colombia: UN relief chief meets with minority groups affected by floods, violence

Meeting with members of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities impacted by floods, displacement and violence in Colombia, the top United Nations relief official today called for stepped up assistance for these minority groups.

Needs of displaced persons in Colombia must be met, top UN official says

The United Nations’ top humanitarian official, on the first day of his mission to Colombia to assess relief operations for victims of natural disaster and civil strife, saluted actions taken but said much more must be done to protect civilians and aid displaced persons.

Top UN official visits Colombia next week to assess relief operations

The United Nations humanitarian chief is slated to visit Colombia early next week to see for himself the response of relief agencies working in the country, and meet with indigenous communities, Government officials and representatives of civil society groups.

UN agency urges Government to protect indigenous Colombians forced to flee violence

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the Colombian Government to fulfil its obligation to protect civilians after some 200 indigenous people, many suffering from very poor health and severe hunger, were forced to flee a massacre on their home territory.

UN agency calls for probe into murders of indigenous Colombians

The United Nations refugee agency is calling for an independent probe into the reported murders last week of 17 Awá indigenous people in a remote area of south-western Colombia that suffers from some of the worst violence and forced displacement in the country.

Top UN officials welcome release of six Colombian hostages

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the top United Nations human rights official today welcomed the recent liberation of six Colombian hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling for the immediate release of all hostages being held worldwide.