Danish Refugee Council applauds the achievement of a historic peace agreement in Colombia, after decades of bloody conflict. The document was signed by the Colombian government and the insurgent group FARC was signed last night. According to DRC’s Demining unit, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) it will pave the way for the elimination of landmines and explosive remnants of war. Colombia has registered more than 11.000 accidents maiming a large number of civilians between 1990 and 2015 and is currently one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.
Today, 24 August 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP) jointly announced the signing of the Peace Accord. ABColombia welcomes the announcement of the signing of the Final Peace Accord between the Government and the FARC. It is our hope that the implementation of this agreement will be the start of a peace-building process that bring an end to the internal armed conflict which has caused so much suffering for more than 8 million victims.
Flawed Justice Deal Risks Sustainable Peace
(Washington, DC, August 25, 2016) – The agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas on August 24, 2016, to end their 52-year conflict is an unprecedented opportunity to curtail abuses in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. But it includes a serious defect that risks its unraveling: a flawed victims’ agreement reached in December 2015, that could guarantee impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today called the conclusion of negotiations and the announcement of a final agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP guerillas “a historic step toward the building of a stable and enduring peace” in the country.
Almagro congratulated the government and people of Colombia, and recalled that the OAS has closely accompanied Colombians’ desire for peace for more than a decade through the Mission of Support for the Peace Process (MAPP/OAS).
The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict.
Following 50 years of civil war, the Government and FARC announced yesterday consensus on a 6-point plan towards peace and reconciliation. “The 6-point agenda needs to translate into meaningful improvements in the lives of people, and a lasting peace. Never has the public trust in the peace process been greater,” said Christian Visnes, NRC Country Director in Colombia.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Colombia
Four years ago, the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP set out to resolve through dialogue one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts. Today, they announced they have concluded their negotiations and will deliver to the Colombian people the results of their discussions.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 8/25/2016 - 09:07 GMT
by Hector Velasco
Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have reached a historic peace agreement to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal Wednesday, which President Juan Manuel Santos said would be put to a decisive referendum on October 2.
Committee on the Rights of Persons
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Colombia on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Christian Aid and its partners warmly welcome this evening’s announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. However, they also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.
United Nations, United States | AFP | Friday 8/19/2016 - 21:42 GMT
Bogota pushed Friday for the United Nations to supervise Colombia's ceasefire with the FARC rebels, even before the country votes on a peace deal to end the long-running civil war.
The government and the country's biggest rebel force, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), laid the groundwork for a full peace deal when they signed a definitive ceasefire in June.
Colombia CO launched the first multi-purpose cash-based project in the region, aimed at women victims of gender-based violence. Through cash transfers, WFP assists women and their children in order to end the cycle of violence and food insecurity through their re-integration into society via sustainable economic activities.
Bogotá, August 18th, 2016. As part of tomorrow’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day on the 19th of August, a group of humanitarian organisations consisting of Action Against Hunger, Alianza por la Solidaridad, Norwegian Refugee Council and the Lutheran World Federation, are launching projects designed to attend the humanitarian needs of rural, afro-descendent and indigenous populations in the Departments of Putumayo, Valle del Cauca, Nariño, Cauca, Norte de Santander and Chocó.
Tras el seguimiento realizado por la Directora (e) de la Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres – UNGRD-, Graciela Ustariz Manjarres, en el municipio de Salgar, Antioquia, se evidenció un 88% de avance de la recuperación de acuerdo a lo contemplado en el Plan de Acción Específico.
La fase de recuperación contempla principalmente la construcción de viviendas, las cuales están distribuidas en tres proyectos: La Habana y la Pradera que ya están totalmente construidas, y La Florida que presenta un avance del 12.6%, en total se construyen 278 viviendas.
Despite a decrease in highly visible violence, social control, intimidation, threats, mobility restrictions and access constraints continue to affect civilians in Colombia.
Official data report 11.873 IDP's for the first semester of 2016. OCHA estimates that once the registry is updated, the number of IDP's during the semester will likely reach 89,392, based on past trends
PEOPLE AFFECTED BY MOBILITY OR ACCESS CONSTRAINTS
By: Joel R. Charny
Colombia is on the verge of ending 50 years of armed conflict. Negotiators from the government and the main opposition armed group, the FARC, have approved a framework for the peace agreement, and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, is pushing for the agreement to be signed by the end of August.
16th August 2016
Our churches and faith-based organisations are committed to providing accompaniment for the civilian population in the demobilization zones in the context of the Colombian peace-process, through the implementation of protection measures, peace education and reconciliation, and verification of the ceasefire and demobilization process.
Nearly 7 mln Colombians, many of them poor farmers, have been forced to flee their homes to escape violence by warring factions
By Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA, Aug 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia is expanding its land restitution programme into former no-go areas in the country's war-torn south aiming to return land stolen from farmers by illegal armed groups, the government has said as peace talks advance.
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Ana Zaratiegui is Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) head of medical operations in Latin America. Here she describes the situation in Colombia, where MSF is responding to an unusual spike in malaria.