Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 11/25/2014 - 19:24 GMT
by Philippe ZYGEL
Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed two captive soldiers Tuesday but demanded the army halt operations to avoid jeopardizing the separate release of a general whose capture has derailed peace talks.
The release of the two soldiers is the first step in a deal aimed at salvaging a two-year-old peace process suspended by the government after the leftist rebels captured General Ruben Alzate on November 16, the highest-ranking captive they have taken in 50 years of conflict.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, MSF alerts on the need for an emergency focus across all institutions involved in the response
Bogotá, Colombia - Sexual violence should be treated as a medical emergency. If we want the survivors to receive the comprehensive medical attention that they need, guaranteeing its availability and accessibility should be a priority for the government, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
FLOODS: Floods continue to affect Colombia. Forty-four people have died and more than 100,000 are affected in the current rainy season.
MIGRATION: It is estimated that 1,390 unaccompanied children have been assisted in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state - Mexico, 300 more than in the same period in 2013.
CHIKUNGUNYA: Nicaragua has registered 1,021 cases, 95 per cent of which have occurred in the last 25 days. Authorities are intensifying prevention measures.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:33 GMT
By Helen Murphy
BOGOTA, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos "destroyed" confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said.
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Colombia, 24 de Noviembre 2014
Fuente: Prensa Latina
El crudo invierno que afecta a Colombia dejó hasta hoy 44 personas fallecidas y 23 mil familias afectadas en todo el país, informó el director de la Unidad de Gestión del Riesgo, Carlos Iván Márquez.
De acuerdo con los informes de los órganos de socorro se mantiene la alerta en seis departamentos (provincias) del país, no obstante ha bajado el nivel de lluvias que han acompañado con fuerza esta temporada invernal, la cual comenzó aquí en septiembre último.
FARC guerrillas warned Sunday that increased military activity was jeopardizing the release of a Colombian general and other captives they have taken.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said they may no longer release the general due to military actions in the Choco region where General Ruben Alzate was taken.
Troop deployments, aircraft overflights and movement-restricting security measures have brought life in the jungle region to a standstill.
11/20/2014 - 17:30 GMT
by Lissy DE ABREU
Colombians waited in suspense Thursday for the leftist FARC guerrillas to follow through on a deal to free an army general being held hostage and resume peace talks suspended over his capture.
Officials have announced no time or place for the release of General Ruben Alzate and four other army captives being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, saying only that a deal was reached Wednesday to free the hostages "as soon as possible."
Colombia - Severe weather (UN OCHA, Media)
- Heavy rains affected the department of Meta on 14-15 November, causing floods and river overflow in the region of Ariari. As of 16 November, at least 3 000 people were affected. Media (as of 15 November) reported one person killed.
11/18/2014 - 01:48 GMT
by Alina DIESTE
The fate of peace talks is in the hands of the FARC rebels, the Colombian president warned Monday, after halting the negotiations designed to end Latin America's longest-running conflict.
The Marxist guerrillas are under increasing pressure at home and internationally to free a general whose kidnapping prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to stop the talks, throwing the two-year-old negotiations into fresh crisis.
Floods and landslides caused by intense rainfall have been affecting four departments. Two deaths in Antioquia due to a landslide and damage to roads in Santander. In Magdalena, more than 1,500 people were affected, in the municipalities of Aracataca, Carob, and the Banana Zone, by flooding from the Fundación River; crops were also damaged. Departmental authorities are conducting damage assessments. (m.: El Espectador) In Cesar, more than 30 families from Aguachica have lost their homes and belongings after flooding caused by the El Cristo creek. (m.: Desastres Colombia).
National Indigenous Organization published two reports on the situation of human rights violations and breaches of IHL.
Attacks on infrastructure affect more than 100,000 people in October.
Situation of human rights defenders in Colombia remains of serious concern to the United Nations.
On Friday, November 7, President Juan Manuel Santos wrapped up a five-day diplomatic marathon for peace to the capital cities of Madrid, Brussels, Berlin, Lisbon, Paris, and London. He met with heads of state, kings, princes, and the leaders of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where Colombia’s membership is under consideration.
11/9/2014 - 22:35 GMT
An indigenous court convicted seven FARC guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia on Sunday, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail and 20 lashes.
The harshest sentence -- 60 years prison time -- was handed down to Carlos Ivan Silva, who confessed to killing two native leaders on Wednesday.
The victims were removing billboards praising the late leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Guillermo Leon Saenz, also known as Alfonso Cano, when they were murdered.
Friday 11/7/2014 - 20:03 GMT
Seven suspected FARC guerrillas will be tried Sunday by an indigenous court for murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia, officials said.
The leftist rebel fighters face penalties including lashes, expulsion from the territory, forced labor or prison, Northern Cauca indigenous councils association leader Gabriel Pavi said.
When crimes are committed in aboriginal territory, the punishment for the accused is decided by the community and not the ordinary justice system.
Summary: 4 November 2014, Brussels - The European Union will continue and is ready to step up the support for the current peace process in Colombia. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini confirmed this today when she met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, her first bilateral meeting in Brussels since the start of her mandate. High Representative Mogherini and President Santos had met previously in August in Bogota at his inauguration.
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Germany today signed a cooperation agreement by which the European country will increase its support for the activities of the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS) with a contribution of 450,000 euros.
This important contribution is just the latest of several made by the German government to the Mission since 2008. These resources will go to support the tasks of monitoring and accompaniment of the Mission to the various peace building programs in Colombia.
10/30/2014 - 21:23 GMT
by Francisco JARA
The Colombian rebel group FARC acknowledged for the first time Thursday that its actions have affected civilians, a significant step that shows progress at long-running peace talks in Cuba.
"We explicitly recognize that our actions have affected civilians at different times and circumstances during the war," the FARC said in a statement read in Havana by a leader using the nom de guerre Pablo Atrato.
Monday 10/27/2014 - 22;07 GMT
by Philippe ZYGEL
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he hopes Europe can provide funds to help him strike a "last chance" deal with leftist guerrillas after half a century of conflict.
During a lightning tour of six countries in five days next week, Santos will lobby for the creation of a European fund for the post-conflict period, should his government clinch a historic deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).