21 April 2015 – The road to peace is a complex and winding one, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said today during her visit to Colombia, a country with a “unique opportunity to evolve into a society” where everyone enjoys rights equally and without discrimination.
4/21/2015 - 04:56 GMT
Peace negotiators from the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas traded accusations Monday over a clash that left 11 soldiers dead last week, but vowed to continue the two-year-old peace process.
Also Monday President Juan Manuel Santos was booed by protesters for the second time in as many days over his handling of the peace process.
Humanitarian presence alleviates suffering in communities affected by armed violence.
SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict visits Chocó.
Children face constraints to access education in Córdoba.
Displacement decreases, but violence against civilians persists in the first three months of the FARC-EP unilateral ceasefire.
Colombia’s attempt to end five decades of bloodshed could be at risk, after local Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) units appeared to have breached a four-month-old unilateral ceasefire by ambushing a military patrol 14 April, reportedly killing eleven soldiers and wounding another twenty. The deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago is not likely to lead to a collapse of the talks, but the parties and the international community must now move quickly to prevent them from unravelling.
Nariño, April 14 - UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and UN Assistant Secretary General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta visited the town of Tumaco, in the Pacific, to better understand the authorities’ and civil society’s perspectives, in one of the most conflict-affected regions.
During the visit, the UN delegates expressed concern over the high levels of violence, the presence of armed groups in the region and how this affects the local population.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 19:49 GMT
Colombia's attorney general accused the FARC rebels Thursday of committing a war crime by ambushing a resting army unit with unconventional weapons, but the guerrillas insisted they acted in self-defense.
The night-time clash Tuesday-Wednesday in the western rebel bastion of Cauca left 11 soldiers and two FARC fighters dead, according to the army -- the latest setback for the two-year-old peace process aimed at ending Colombia's five-decade conflict.
A mobile team from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is in the Timba district, in the municipality of Buenos Aires in the Cauca region of southwest Colombia, assisting the local population after a confrontation in which 10 soldiers died early on Wednesday morning.
Timba is located one hour from La Esperanza, where the incident occurred and where a second team of two psychologists and a doctor hopes to get to this afternoon to assess the needs of the local population if humanitarian access is possible.
4/16/2015 - 02:02 GMT | 574 words
by Philippe ZYGEL
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the FARC after the Marxist guerrillas were suspected in the killing of 10 soldiers in a pre-dawn attack Wednesday.
The attack in western Colombia, which also left 20 soldiers wounded, was the deadliest since the start of peace talks more than two years ago, officials said.
"I have ordered the armed forces to end the order suspending bombing raids against FARC camps until further notice," said Santos.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Wednesday 4/15/2015 - 18:14 GMT
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the military Wednesday to resume air strikes on the leftist FARC guerrillas after they allegedly killed 10 soldiers in a "vile" attack.
"I have ordered the armed forces to lift the suspension of air strikes on FARC positions until further notice," Santos said in a televised address, surrounded by military commanders.
Officials did not immediately announce when new air strikes would begin.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:03 GMT
By Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Colombian government has urged FARC rebels to keep their promise not to recruit child soldiers and release the estimated 2,000 underage fighters in their ranks.
Following an invitation from the FARC-EP delegation, a new meeting between Geneva Call and members of this delegation took place between 4 and 7 April 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Representatives of FARC-EP and Geneva Call clearly expressed their interest in working more closely on the protection of the civilians in Colombia.
GENEVA (14 April 2015) – The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, will begin an official visit to Colombia on Wednesday to discuss the human rights situation in the country with authorities, human rights defenders, victims of human rights violations, representatives of civil society, ethnic communities and the international community.
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.
HAVANA, April 10 (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels cannot be submitted to the same judicial processes as "common criminals" under a possible peace deal, the Marxist group said on Friday.
Colombia faces persistent humanitarian needs resulting from the impact of armed conflict and violence, combined with natural disasters in certain areas. While armed conflict continues between the government and the guerrilla groups (FARC-EP and ELN), other sources of violence such as post-demobilization armed groups (PDAGs) , pose major humanitarian and protection challenges.
Bogota, Colombia | | Thursday 4/9/2015 - 20:53 GMT
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday he was extending the suspension of air raids on the leftist FARC guerrillas to accelerate peace talks aimed at ending the five-decade war.
Santos first announced a month-long suspension of bombing raids on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on March 10, saying he wanted to "de-escalate" the conflict.
Source: Reuters - Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:37 GMT
By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta
BOGOTA, April 8 (Reuters) - The biggest hurdle to signing peace with Colombia's FARC rebels and ending a half century of war is getting the Marxist group to agree to face punishment for human rights abuses, President Juan Manuel Santos told Reuters.
This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the livelihoods thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in February 2014 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of the project ‘Market Access and Food Security in the Central Region of Colombia’.
Colombia's civil conflict has turned large swaths of the country into minefields. Now, there's an effort to try to clean up the mess, and current and former guerrillas could play a leading role.
By Jim Wyss, McClatchy
MARCH 31, 2015
SONSON, COLOMBIA — As a child soldier for Colombia's largest guerrilla group, Jairo watched his fellow fighters seed trails and pastures with anti-personnel mines designed to kill and maim.