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05 Dec 2016 description

Between June and September 2016, over 17,000 people in 16 countries were asked to share their views on a range of issues relating to war – in the People on War survey. The results are both reassuring and alarming.

29 Sep 2016 description

Comunicado de prensa

Bogotá (CICR) – Un civil que estaba en poder del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) fue entregado hoy al Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) en zona rural de Arauca. Los delegados del CICR que participaron en la operación verificaron que esta persona se encontraba en condiciones de salud apropiadas para su traslado.

29 Sep 2016 description

Bogotá (ICRC) ‒ The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomes the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP). Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, thanked the parties for the confidence they had shown in the organization and for recognizing its neutrality, Independence and impartiality.

07 Sep 2016 description

The Director of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for millions of dollars of extra funding for 2016, to deal with the humanitarian consequences of conflicts around the world. Dominik Stillhart said there was a "disturbing slide into intractability by many newer conflicts and a devastating failure to resolve old ones."

07 Sep 2016 description

Le directeur des opérations du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), Dominik Stillhart, demande pour la fin de l'année 2016 une rallonge budgétaire de plusieurs millions de dollars pour faire face aux besoins humanitaires générés par les conflits qui déchirent la planète. « Beaucoup de conflits récents tendent à s'enliser de manière inquiétante, a-t-il déclaré, et des conflits plus anciens ne trouvent pas de solution, ce qui a des conséquences dévastatrices. »

31 Aug 2016 description

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are currently missing—separated from their loved ones because of armed conflict, violence, natural disaster or migrations. In more than 60 countries, the ICRC works to help missing people and their families. August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared. Here is how the ICRC is making a difference:*

29 Aug 2016 description

Bogotá (CICR) – Con motivo del Día Internacional de los Desaparecidos, la delegación en Colombia del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) presenta la campaña #AquíFaltaAlguien para insistir en la necesidad de ofrecer apoyo y solidaridad a los familiares de las personas desaparecidas.

28 Jun 2016 description

Mientras el Gobierno colombiano y las FARC-EP negocian el fin del conflicto armado, aclaramos las dudas frecuentes sobre la aplicación de los acuerdos de paz en el marco del derecho internacional humanitario (DIH).

1.- ¿Qué es un acuerdo especial?

16 Jun 2016 description

Para conmemorar los 10 años de la Convención Internacional contra las desapariciones forzadas, Daniel Cahen, coordinador Departamento Jurídico del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) en Colombia, escribió esta columna y recordó el flagelo que viven miles de familias todos los días.

En este preciso instante, en todo el mundo, padres, madres, hermanos, cónyuges e hijos buscan desesperadamente a algún ser querido de quien no tienen noticias. Estas familias no pueden iniciar un proceso de recuperación y reconciliación.

04 Apr 2016 description

Los estragos humanitarios que generan los artefactos explosivos y restos de guerra no desaparecerán de la noche a la mañana. Aunque los registros oficiales muestran una reducción de víctimas directas, muchas personas viven aisladas en zonas contaminadas. En ocho años, 90.000 personas han aprendido comportamientos seguros con el CICR y la Cruz Roja Colombiana.

10 Mar 2016 description

Colombia: Havana agreement must translate into action

"The expectations raised by peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC must be accompanied by concrete action," states Christoph Harnisch, head of the ICRC delegation in the country.

Humanitarian challenges for 2016

10 Mar 2016 description

Bogotá (ICRC) – Although the fighting is abating between government forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP), the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) is continuing to register the same levels of violence in the country as in previous years. In a report released today about the humanitarian challenges facing Colombia in 2016, the ICRC underlined the high incidence of death threats, disappearances and sexual violence in 2015.

09 Mar 2016 description

Tras 16 años en el CICR y después de haber participado en 114 liberaciones de personas retenidas en razón del conflicto, Tatiana Flórez asegura que ninguna operación ha sido igual a la otra.

Como médica, se encarga de examinar a quienes son liberados para verificar que estén en condiciones de ser trasladados. "Lo primero que hago es tomarlos de las manos y decirles: aquí estamos", explica.

03 Mar 2016 description

Cuatro temas son prioritarios este año: las personas desaparecidas, los artefactos explosivos, la crisis en las cárceles y la violencia que se origina por fuera del conflicto armado. Adelanto del informe que presentaremos este 10 de marzo.

23 Feb 2016 description

Bogotá (ICRC) – The Colombian delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would like to provide the following clarifications:

1. On Thursday, 18 February 2016, at the request of the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP), and with the involvement of the mediator nations, Cuba and Norway, the ICRC transported a group of FARC-EP representatives from Cuba to a rural area in La Guajira department in a helicopter bearing the ICRC emblem.

01 Feb 2016 description

In Colombia there are registers listing some 78,000 missing persons. But we'll never know how many there really are. Many are buried in unmarked graves (bearing the letters 'NN') in hundreds of Colombia's cemeteries. Others didn't even get a proper grave and were buried with other unidentified bodies.

11 Nov 2015 description

On 18 October the government of Colombia and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) announced that they would be taking a wide range of measures to find missing people. The aim is to provide answers to the hundreds of thousands of people who are still searching for their missing loved ones.

Families of missing people live in a state of constant uncertainty, not knowing whether their relatives are alive or dead. We at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcome this chance to give the families closure.

26 Sep 2015 description

Bogotá-Ginebra (CICR) – La ayuda humanitaria se está distribuyendo en diecisiete camiones entre unas 250 familias de Barbacoas (Nariño, suroccidente de Colombia) que han visto restringida su movilidad por la presencia de actores armados en su territorio. Más de 170 toneladas de insumos agrícolas se entregarán hasta hoy en cuatro comunidades rurales.

27 Jul 2015 description

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It is a reality that armed conflicts continue to define today’s world, with the accompanying toll of death, destruction and suffering.

25 Jun 2015 description

As Colombians look towards the prospect of peace, violence continues in many parts of the country. Thousands of people have turned to the ICRC for emergency relief. In places like Las Mercedes, Norte de Santander, families have been caught in the crossfire, with no safe place to go.

Las Mercedes has been at the centre of armed clashes for years. Families spend the day in their homes, but when night falls, they have to find somewhere else to sleep as it's simply not safe for them to stay.