Colombia

Colombia must sustain recent steps on human rights, development – Ban Ki-moon

Colombia has taken encouraging steps towards establishing peace and security across the country but these measures must be sustained and reinforced over the next few years if they are to have any lasting effect in the Latin American country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

6 displaced men killed by armed groups in Colombia, UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today raised the alarm about conditions in the Chocó region on Colombia's Pacific coast, where six displaced Afro-Colombian men were killed last week by members of an irregular armed group.

Fighting in Colombia displaces more indigenous people, UN reports

More than 1,000 indigenous Colombians have taken refuge in a school to escape fighting between the army and an irregular armed group, the latest victims of more than 40 years of conflict which has uprooted 3 million people and has recently had a disproportionate effect on the country’s original inhabitants, the United Nations reported today.

Colombians who fled to Ecuador start returning home, UN refugee agency reports

Nearly 1,600 Colombians who fled to Ecuador over the past week after an outbreak of violence have started returning home although the situation remains tense throughout the area, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN refugee agency helps new wave of Colombians fleeing to Ecuador

The United Nations refugee agency is working with its partners to help more than 1,500 Colombians who have fled an outbreak of violence in their home areas and sought safety in Ecuador over the past week – the latest influx in a years-long exodus that has sent some 250,000 Colombians fleeing to their southern neighbour.

UN to provide food for tens of thousands hit by floods in Colombia, deep freeze in Peru

The United Nations is helping to provide emergency food to nearly 100,000 people after the worst floods in decades in Colombia and the coldest weather in 30 years in Peru brought even more misery to over 1 million of Latin America’s most impoverished inhabitants.

UN refugee agency welcomes US House resolution on Colombia’s displaced

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a resolution recently passed by the United States House of Representatives calling for an increase in aid from Washington for millions of displaced people in Colombia.

UN human rights arm condemns murder of officials in Colombia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today condemned a spate of rebel murders of local politicians in different parts of Colombia.

UN and Colombian officials set to destroy almost 14,000 firearms

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Colombian authorities are set to melt down nearly 14,000 firearms today in a special ceremony highlighting the danger of illegal arms proliferation and marking International Gun Destruction Day.

UN’s top rights official condemns killings of lawmakers in Colombia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has strongly condemned the reported killing in Colombia of 11 lawmakers who had been held hostage by a guerrilla group.