Colombia

'Historic' day as last FARC-EP members gather to turn in arms – UN mission in Colombia

About 300 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) today arrived in central Colombia's Agua Bonita zone, bringing the number to close to 6,900, to lay down their arms under United Nations verification, and to begin a transition to social, economic and political life, the UN Mission in the country said today.

Colombia: UN chief Guterres welcomes start of peace talks with ELN

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed yesterday’s launch of formal peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, his spokesperson said today in a statement.

“Challenges ahead are enormous” implementing Colombia peace deal

“Enormous challenges” lie ahead for the Colombian people and their international partners in turning the historic deal with FARC rebels into a lasting peace.

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Building a bridge with Africa and beyond to end FGM

Encouraging the African diaspora to advocate for the rights of women and girls on the continent is among the goals of this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), observed on 6 February.

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Marching towards peace, FARC-EP begins turning in arms – UN Mission in Colombia

More than 200 men and women of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) marched today to demobilization camps, two months after a peace deal that ended the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict, United Nations monitors coordinating the process reported.

News in Brief 2 February 2017 (PM)

More than 6,000 FARC fighters heading to camps for civilian transition

More than 6,000 members of the FARC rebel group in Colombia are gathering in UN-monitored zones in order to begin the transition to civilian life.

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Security Council’s ‘encouraging voice’ very important to Colombian peace process, says UN envoy

Highlighting that the Colombian peace process faced and continues to face a range of challenges but also offers “solid” opportunities, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the country today called on the United Nations Security Council for its continued attention and strong support to the country.

News in Brief 5 January 2017 (PM)

Observers let go from UN Mission in Colombia

Three observers have been let go from the UN Mission in Colombia following their participation in a celebration organized by the largest rebel group in the country, FARC.

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UN Gender Focus: women in Colombia, students in Iraq and gender parity

Women’s representation in Colombia’s judicial system remains low

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