Colombia

News in Brief 14 May 2021

  • Rohingya refugees must not become ‘a forgotten crisis’ 
  • Preventing future animal-to-human pandemics 
  • Colombia: UN experts condemn peaceful protestor crackdown, urge impartial investigation  
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Rights experts call for probe into violent crackdown on Colombia protests

Independent human rights experts appointed by the UN and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called for the Colombian Government to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the violent crackdown on recent peaceful protests in the country. 

UN human rights office urges calm, after bloodshed in Colombian city of Cali

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced deep alarm over the violence in the city of Cali in Colombia overnight, as a number of people were reportedly killed and wounded when police opened fire on demonstrators. 

First Person: The Colombian youth fighting for digital education for all

Tania Rosas, a Colombian education advocate from an afro-indigenous background, is hoping to improve learning outcomes for disadvantaged communities in her country, with a digital application tailored to their specific needs.

Probes on extrajudicial killings, ‘important step’ in fighting impunity in Colombia – UN rights office

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, welcomed on Friday, progress on the investigation in Colombia of people falsely presented as having been killed in combat as "an important step in fighting impunity". 

UN chief welcomes Colombia’s ‘act of solidarity’ with 1.7 million Venezuelans

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Monday, applauded the announcement by the President of Colombia that the country will provide temporary protection to all Venezuelans in its territory. 

Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices

Illegally-armed groups and criminal organizations in Colombia are determined to “drive out State institutions and stamp out the voice of social leaders” through violence and intimidation, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.
 

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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