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Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

09/01/2014 17:12 GMT

HAVANA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

"There is no way" that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will accept a military role "to resolve issues that are of political nature by definition," top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters.

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Finding the Missing in Colombia

“The last time he called us, my son Arcesio* said that he was coming to see us,” said Ancízar Osorio in a faltering voice. That was eight years ago.

In Osorio’s country of Colombia, disappearances are a tragic normality; some 68,000 people are currently missing. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people have disappeared as a consequence of armed conflict, natural disaster or migration. For those left behind facing a future uncertainty, the Red Cross is often their last hope for answers.

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All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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The Effects of Drought in La Guajira

The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.

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FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

08/26/2014 20:36 GMT

by Francisco JARA

HAVANA, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Cementing a ceasefire and disarming the leftist rebel group are among the thorniest topics remaining in the talks, the fourth and most promising attempt so far to end the 50-year-old conflict.

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Interview with Rosa Emilia Salamanca

Insight on Conflict’s Heather McLoughlin interviews Rosa Emilia Salamanca, Director of Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económia (CIASE), Colombia. CIASE is a Colombian peacebuilding organisation with a particular focus on women’s rights and strengthening public policy. Ms Salamanca is one of the founders of Colombian National Women’s Network and coordinates the Women Peace and Security Collective. She is currently engaging with the two newly appointed women on the Colombian government’s peace negotiating panel.

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Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Analysis by Constanza Vieira

BOGOTA, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on.

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IOM, USAID Transfer Information Tool for Reintegration of Ex-Combatants to Colombia

Colombia - IOM Colombia is this week handing over its Monitoring, Support, and Evaluation system (SAME by its Spanish acronym), used to register demobilized ex-combatants, to government counterparts.

Over the past 10 years SAME has registered 56,510 ex-combatants in national government databases. This is seen by the government as a vital step to achieve the successful reintegration of demobilized ex-combatants into the social and economic life of the country.

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Colombia names general to head ceasefire committee

08/21/2014 21:51 GMT

BOGOTA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia named its top general on Thursday to lead a committee tasked with hammering out a ceasefire proposal as peace negotiations with the FARC rebel group entered a crucial phase.

President Juan Manuel Santos ordered Javier Florez, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to lead the committee of five military officers charged with finding a workable deal to halt the 50-year-old conflict.

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OAS Permanent Council Received Report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Presidential and Legislative Elections in Colombia

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received the verbal report of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that accompanied the first and second round of the presidential elections and the parliamentary elections in Colombia, conducted in May, June and March 2014.

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Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

08/17/2014 01:03 GMT

HAVANA, August 17, 2014 (AFP) - Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord.

The 12 victims, some of whom came face-to-face with representatives of the perpetrators for the first time, testified during a closed-door session that lasted nearly nine hours.

"During the day, we agreed that truth is the basis for peace," they said in a statement presented to the press by six of the victims.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 29 | 1 – 31 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 3,000 people attend victims forums.

  • Attacks on infrastructure, mass protests and heavy rains have serious humanitarian consequences in Putumayo.

  • Ombudsman’s Office analyses structural causes of humanitarian situation along the Pacific coast of Cauca.

  • International community mobilizes to provide humanitarian response in Chocó.

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No of IDPs in mass events July 2014 (OCHA) 380

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Former Colombian coca growers export cocoa to Europe

13 August 2014 - UNODC works across the world to assist Member States in developing drug control policies which prevent and reduce the cultivation of illicit drug crops, such as coca bush and opium poppy. Lacking viable alternatives, farmers in some isolated and poor communities grow illicit crops. This is due to insufficient income from legal activities, a lack of access to markets, conflict, unproductive land and an absence of basic infrastructure.

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Colombia peace talks turn to reparations for victims

08/12/2014 14:46 GMT

HAVANA, August 12, 2014 (AFP) - Peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist guerrilla group FARC resumed Tuesday, focused on the delicate topic of dealing with the 5.3 million victims of the 50-year-old conflict.

Reparations for victims is one of the most sensitive items on the six-point agenda for the talks in Havana, since each side blames the other for violence that has killed 220,000 people and caused more than five million others to flee their homes.

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Landmines still injure and kill Colombians despite peace efforts

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Source: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:35 GMT
Author: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia’s FARC rebels and the government should immediately reach an agreement on landmine clearance as part of ongoing peace talks in an effort to reduce the number of victims, a leading anti-landmine group said.

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FARC leader rules out peace agreement by year's end

08/11/2014 21:21 GMT

BOGOTA, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - The leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group ruled out brokering a peace accord this year, saying there was not enough time to reach an accord with the government.

Colombia has been in talks with the communist rebels in Havana since November 2012, in a push to end the longest-running armed conflict in Latin America, now in its 50th year.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 8/6-7/2014

Drought update. Red Cross distributes 10 water plants in La Guajira, Atlántico and Magdalena. Water distribution by Government continues. As a result of donations, there are large quantities of water containers in collection centers. The Government will review the special cases of water already collected to determine logistical support. Only sealed bottles will be received in order to guarantee safe water, it is recommended that no more water donations are made. (o.s.: UNGRD; m.: RCN, El Espectador).

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Colombia: Desplazamiento masivo y limitaciones de movilidad en comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas - Río Cugucho, Alto Baudó (Chocó) Informe de Situación No. 1 (06/08/2014)

Destacados

Desde el 13 de junio 499 indígenas permanecen desplazados y se albergan en condiciones precarias en la comunidad de Puesto Indio en zona rural de Alto Baudo (Chocó)

  • Cerca de 1.718 sufren restricciones a la movilidad en otras comunidades de la zona.

  • Hostilidades y contaminación por armas en el territorio, han causado desplazamientos masivos y limitaciones a la movilidad de comunidades indígenas y afrocolombianas de zona rural de Alto Baudó desde el mes de junio.

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Forced Displacement and Early Childhood Nutritional Development in Colombia

Abstract: This document attempts to determine the impact of forced displacement on early childhood nutritional development. I use two identification strategies in order to address the endogeneity caused by the potential correlation between forced displacement and the unobserved heterogeneity of the household. Using instrumental variables, the first strategy compares the outcomes of the displaced children with those of the children who stayed at the municipality of expulsion.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 8/1/2014

Update Drought. Magdalena Department. 11 of 22 municipalities declared state of emergency. Government implement actions to give immediate response and early recovery, including strengthening of the distribution of water, prepositioning of humanitarian assistance kits, prevention, health promotion, vector control (fumigation) and actions in the livestock sector. (o.s.: UNGRD) .

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FARC Battering Afro-Colombian Areas

Atrocities by Guerrillas, Criminal Groups Go Unpunished

(Washington, DC) – Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas are committing widespread abuses with impunity in the mostly Afro-Colombian city of Tumaco and its surrounding rural areas, Human Rights Watch said today.

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