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28 May 2016 description

FAO and the European Union back new project aimed at mitigating conflicts

26 May 2016, Bogotá - Colombia will deploy responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities living in protected natural areas, buoyed by support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the European Union.

The initiative aims to contribute to biodiversity conservation, the safeguarding of cultural legacies and to help build peace in the wake of a 50-year civil war.

28 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Lorenzo Morales

Alejandro Labarte, a 32-year-old X-ray operator from Cuba, has been stuck for the last 20 days in a warehouse in Turbo, a chaotic port in northern Colombia near the Panamanian border. His journey north towards the United States was interrupted earlier this month when Panama closed the border in an attempt to halt the flow of mainly Cuban migrants.

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26 May 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 22:03 GMT

Colombia's government Thursday urged the courts to authorize a referendum it hopes will seal a peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist rebels.

The European Union's top foreign relations official meanwhile visited the country to support a deal, which negotiators say could be signed within months.

President Juan Manuel Santos urged the constitutional court to pass a law approving the holding of a referendum.

26 May 2016 description
report HALO Trust

By The HALO Trust | 26th May 2016 | Colombia

Colombia, one of the most mine-affected countries in the world, is a nation on the verge of reaching a peace deal following more than fifty years of conflict with non-state armed groups. In this context, humanitarian mine action becomes central to peacebuilding in order to facilitate land restitution, IDP return and sustainable rural socio-economic development.

23 May 2016 description

El Niño in early 2016 continued to severely affect the North Andes region of South America. Based on IDEAM data, UNITAR-UNOSAT identified rainfall anomalies for the period between October 2015 and March 2016, which are well below average precipitation for the Caribbean region of Colombia (See central map).

21 May 2016 description

Government, Guerrillas Poised to Complete Remaining Agenda

Colombia’s government and the country’s FARC-EP guerrillas are pressing ahead with peace talks at a pace that could yield a final agreement by the end of June. Having missed a self-imposed deadline of March 23, the two sides are working quickly through the remaining parts of an agenda set nearly four years ago, reaching accords this month on a process for Colombians to ratify a final agreement and a plan to remove minors from the battlefield.

20 May 2016 description

Colombia - IOM, in partnership with Google, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Colombian Reintegration Agency, EAFIT University and the NGO, Colnodo, this week presented in Bogota, the ‘Window for Peace’ and ‘JuvenTIC’ initiatives.

19 May 2016 description

NRC is currently responding to a recent and increasingly massive displacement departing Choco, in North-western Colombia.

Since April 2016, over 5,800 people have fled their homes to escape armed clashes between non-state armed groups, fighting for territorial control of the area, and on-going hostilities, in the context of the country’s civil war. An additional 6,000 people have had their movements severely restricted as a result of the fighting and bombing raids in these areas.

18 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Anastasia Moloney | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sunday, 15 May 2016 23:00 GMT

LA HORMIGA, Colombia - When gunfire and cylinder bombs erupted around their farmhouse, nestled in the jungle in Colombia's southern Putumayo province, Jesus Alebio Portillo and his family took refuge under a bed and, trembling with fear, waited until the fighting stopped.

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18 May 2016 description

by Andrea Carvajal

There are some things that money cannot buy, including the co-benefits derived from forest conservation efforts for climate change mitigation. Actually, when it comes to conserving our forests, financial incentives do not seem to be the main motivation for deciding whether or not to conserve them.

17 May 2016 description

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), in Havana on Sunday, of an agreement on the separation of minors under 15 years of age from FARC-EP camps, on the parties’ commitment to develop a road map to complete the separation of all minors, and on a special comprehensive programme focused on these children.

16 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

FARC, Government of Colombia deal is historic, children’s agency says

BOGOTA, Colombia/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.

16 May 2016 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 06:44 GMT

Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels agreed Sunday to remove child soldiers from their ranks as part of the peace deal they are close to signing with the government.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to "implement departure of those under 15 years of age as soon as terms are agreed upon," the parties said in a statement from Cuba, which is hosting peace negotiations.

Terms must still be set on how the children will be transitioned and reintegrated back into society.

16 May 2016 description

Havana, Cuba – The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, travelled to Havana on Sunday to witness the signing of the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) to separate and reintegrate children associated with the FARC-EP.

13 May 2016 description

GENEVA, May 13 (UNHCR) – Armed clashes between illegal groups fighting for territory in western Colombia are driving a growing number of mostly Afro-Caribbean and indigenous peoples from their homes in Chocó department, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned.

In the past two months alone, more than 6,000 people have fled the fighting, as well as ongoing hostilities in the context of the country's civil war. The clashes, around the Baudo, Atrato and San Juan rivers, have also severely restricted the movements of a further 7,000 people.

12 May 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

The 15,896 crimes included in the case cover murders - including those of a senator and a bishop

BOGOTA, May 11 (Reuters) - Colombia's attorney general's office is investigating five top leaders from the country's ELN guerrilla group for nearly 16,000 war crimes and crimes against humanity, the office said on Wednesday.

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11 May 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Wednesday 5/11/2016 - 21:24 GMT

Colombia plans to hold a referendum by late September on the peace deal it hopes to reach with Marxist FARC rebels to end Latin America's longest running civil war, the interior minister said Wednesday.

"We will have, surely by September at the latest, a referendum scheduled on whether Colombians approve or disapprove of the content of the peace deal," said Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo said at an event in Bogota.