Thousands hit by floods and avalanches in Colombia receive UN food aid

The United Nations is bringing $500,000 in emergency food aid to 30,000 Colombians after a volcanic eruption caused massive flooding and avalanches in the northern and western parts of the South American nation.

Some 50,000 Colombians in Ecuador to be registered under UN-backed scheme

Nearly 50,000 Colombian refugees are expected to benefit from the Ecuadorian Government’s nationwide registration scheme, which aims to recognize and document refugees who have been in the country for more than a year, the United Nations said today.

Serious displacement crisis continues in Colombia, UN official warns

Colombia continues to endure a serious displacement crisis due to new illegal armed groups, new structures of organized crime and the ongoing 45-year-old conflict between the army and irregular armed groups, despite some recent progress, a senior United Nations humanitarian official warned today.

Arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings in Colombia concern UN rights chief

Colombia faces grave human rights challenges in its ongoing conflict, including hostage-taking, extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrest and detention, despite measures taken by the Government to protect vulnerable groups, the United Nations rights chief says after visiting the Andean country.

UN human rights chief welcomes Colombian move to fire army officers

The United Nations human rights chief today praised Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe for dismissing three army generals and 24 other officers over the alleged illegal killing of civilians in the South American country.

Colombia: UN calls for urgent action against alleged extrajudicial executions

The United Nations human rights office in Colombia has called on the authorities to take urgent measures to stop a wave of apparent extrajudicial executions after 25 bodies were found in the north of the country.

UN refugee agency anxious over worsening conditions in Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency expressed deep concern today over the humanitarian situation of thousands of Columbians fleeing the conflict embroiling the country’s Pacific coast region.

Colombia: UNESCO chief hails release of former presidential candidate

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), today voiced his “immense relief” at the news of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other Colombian and American hostages who had been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Secretary-General welcomes liberation of 15 Colombian hostages

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warmly welcomed today’s announcement by Colombia regarding the rescue of 15 hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), some of whom had been held captive by the rebel group for years.

UN refugee agency calls for probe into attacks on Colombian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency is calling for a “full and speedy resolution” to investigations into allegations that Colombian refugees in Ecuador have endured forced disappearances, torture, attempted rape and death threats.