Colombia

News in Brief 15 December 2020

  • Rights chief Bachelet condemns deaths of 255 people in Colombia massacres 
  • Four children among victims of shipwreck carrying Venezuelans to Caribbean 
  • UN refugee agency condemns deadly attack on Niger town 
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UN documents 375 killings in Colombia in 2020, urges Government action 

The United Nations has recorded the deaths of 255 people in 66 massacres in Colombia this year, as well as the killing of 120 human rights defenders, the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.  

News in Brief 30 October 2020

  • Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief 
  • Israel: Accountability call as illegal settlement approvals reach highest rate 
  • Kenya relief bid begins to avert hunger crisis among poor workers hit by COVID 
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Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief

The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Continued violence strains Colombia peace process, Security Council hears

Enormous challenges remain on the road to lasting peace in Colombia, where despite ongoing attacks and stigmatization, the vast majority of former FARC-EP fighters who laid down their weapons under a 2016 peace agreement with the Government, remain engaged in the reintegration process, the head of the UN mission in the South American country says.

News in Brief 1 October 2020

  • Nearly $1 billion pledged towards ending COVID-19 
  • Stranded migrants need safe and dignified return, says UN independent rights panel 
  • Colombian child rights defender wins UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award 
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Top humanitarian award winner ‘nothing short of heroic’: UN refugee chief 

An educator and rights defender who has spent more than 20 years rescuing exploited and trafficked children in Colombia, represents “the best of us”, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as she was named the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  
  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 
  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 
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Pandemic has exposed need for better cooperation mechanisms in crisis situations, Colombian President tells UN

Facing the coronavirus pandemic, the global community is at an inflection point, which should spur fresh thinking about broader international cooperation and way to ensure a sustainable and fair future for all, Iván Duque, the President of Colombia told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. 

Colombia: Killing of rights defenders, social leaders, ex-fighters, most serious threat to peace

The killing of former combatants, human rights defenders and social leaders of communities devastated by decades of conflict, remains the most serious threat to peace in Colombia since the signing of a landmark peace agreement in 2016, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, meeting in-person at UN Headquarters in New York, for the first time in four months.