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Venezuela prisons ‘beyond monstrous’, UN warns, highlighting plight of Colombian detainees

Conditions in Venezuela’s prisons are “beyond monstrous”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of a leading political opponent of the Government.

Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya, Colombia through next September

By unanimous agreement on Thursday, the Security Council extended the mandates of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Organization’s Verification Mission in Colombia.

Despite challenges and ‘unfinished business’, Colombia celebrates progress towards lasting peace, Security Council hears

Amid a long series of challenges, the implementation of the peace process in Colombia is moving forward and has achieved important milestones in recent months, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary-General presented to the Security Council on Thursday.

Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group’s transition ‘from weapons to politics’, says UN

Celebrating the holding of the first session of a new Congress in Colombia, the United Nations has said that the inclusion of former rebels in the legislative body marked their transition “from weapons to politics”.

Colombia: UN food relief agency seeks urgent funds to help 350,000 Venezuelan migrants

The United Nations emergency food relief agency has issued an urgent appeal for nearly $46 million to feed some 350,000 impoverished migrants who crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia, as well as host communities with pre-existing vulnerabilities.

UN Mission chief calls Colombia’s congressional elections ‘a clear step forward’ in peace process

In a milestone exercise that “transited the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) from weapons to politics,” last month’s congressional elections drew millions of Colombians to the polls amid a trend towards a reduction of electoral violence, the senior-most United Nations official in the country said on Thursday

Flow of Venezuelans across border now 'a humanitarian disaster': WFP chief

The outflow of Venezuelans into neighbouring countries such as Colombia, constitutes a “humanitarian disaster”, said the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday.

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Colombia: Reintegrating 14,000 ex-combatants remains a challenge, Security Council told

Colombia's peace efforts remain challenged by the task of reintegrating 14,000 former rebel combatants, the top United Nations official in the country said Wednesday as he also reported to the Security Council that the UN will 'closely follow' reports of a just-broken ceasefire between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian Government.

Security Council hails ‘remarkable achievements’ one year after Colombian peace accord

The Security Council on Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the signing and entry-into-force of the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP).

In Colombia, UN political chief urges parties to ‘stay the course’ set out in peace accord

More must be done to ensure that the remarkable gains of the first phase of Colombia’s peace process are maintained, the top United Nations political official has said, wrapping up a visit to the country with an appeal to all Colombians to rally behind the accord, especially to ensure that former combatants are reintegrated into civilian life.