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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.

12 Jun 2015 description

Édinson picked up an explosive device by mistake. The explosion not only blew off his hand, it also led to the displacement of his whole family.

"My name is Édinson and I'm 27 years old. I was born in Chocó. At the time, I was working on a farm, and my wife stayed at home looking after the children. One day, I was going to clear some land and saw a can on the ground.

I picked it up and it was then that I realized it had a mechanism. Just as I was going to throw it, it exploded in my hand and I passed out.

04 Jun 2015 description

Humanitarian situation and ICRC action in Colombia

Over 230,000 people benefited from the work of the ICRC during 2014. This reflects our commitment to getting alongside the victims of violence and conflict. And our work brings concrete results such as a job, a productive project, access to water or psycho-social support.

14 May 2015 description

"I felt bad, I was ashamed."

When she was just thirteen, Diana's life was shattered. After the abuse came the most difficult part: stigma and displacement.

13 Apr 2015 description

Geneva / Bogotá (ICRC) – Colombians are still suffering the consequences of the conflict and other major violence on a daily basis. That was the message from the ICRC's delegation in Colombia during a presentation of its 2014 report on humanitarian activities in the country. Last year, the ICRC recorded 875 suspected breaches of international humanitarian law and other attacks on the civilian population. Armed violence remained a pressing issue in urban areas in 2014, most notably in Buenaventura, Tumaco and Medellín.

22 Mar 2015 description

Una comunidad de 2.000 personas en el suroccidente de Colombia llevaba años sin poder reparar su acueducto porque para hacerlo era necesario atravesar una zona contaminada con artefactos explosivos improvisados y ocupada por actores armados. Con apoyo del CICR, construyeron uno nuevo y tienen agua garantizada por los próximos 25 años.

13 Mar 2015 description

Situación humanitaria y acción del CICR en Colombia

Durante el 2014 más de 230.000 personas se beneficiaron de la acción del CICR, siguiendo de esta manera el compromiso firme de estar al lado de las víctimas de los conflictos armados y otras situaciones de violencia. Esta misión implica brindarles respuestas concretas: un empleo, un proyecto productivo, el acceso al agua, atención psicosocial, entre otras posibilidades.