Colombia: UN human rights expert to probe violence against women in conflict

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is set to visit Colombia on the invitation of its Government to investigate violence against women in the country's armed conflict.

Annan's envoy for Colombia appointed President of Norwegian Red Cross

The senior adviser of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Colombia has been named the next President of the Norwegian Red Cross, a UN spokesman said today.

Colombian peace process 'in crisis,' UN envoy warns

Pointing to new difficulties in the talks between the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the country's government, a United Nations envoy warned today that the peace process in Colombia was in crisis.

Colombia: Annan envoy urges resumption of peace talks, end to rights abuses

An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all sides in the conflict in Colombia to end the growing abuses against the civilian population and to make a renewed effort to negotiate in order to avoid an all-out war.

Driven by fighting at home, Colombians seek asylum abroad, UNHCR says

The United Nations refugees agency today reported that in recent months, the deteriorating conflict in Colombia has sent thousands of people to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of asylum.

UN agency helps Ecuador to deal with backlog of Colombian asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is supporting Ecuador's efforts to cope with scores of Colombians who have sought protection in the country after fleeing conflict in their homeland, a spokesman for the agency said today.

UN envoy demands release of former Colombian governor taken hostage

The United Nations envoy in Colombia has demanded the immediate release of the former state governor who had been abducted from a UN vehicle earlier this week by rebel forces.

Colombia: Annan condemns abduction of former governor from UN vehicle

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced the abduction by rebel Colombian forces of a former state governor who had been taken from a United Nations vehicle after visiting a village near the site of peace talks between the Government and the rebels.

Annan welcomes release of 250 soldiers held hostage in Colombia

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that it would release more than 250 soldiers and policemen, some of whom had been held hostage for close to three years.

Basic rights "continuously at risk" in Colombia, top UN rights official says

Fundamental human rights - particularly the right to life and personal security - are "continuously at risk" in Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.