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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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Girl dies in western Colombia bombing

07/31/2014 15:44 GMT

BOGOTA, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - A girl was killed and three other members of her family were wounded in a grenade attack attributed to FARC guerrillas in western Colombia, officials said Thursday.

Suspected leftist rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia launched two home-made grenades in the town of Miranda, hitting a house where the victim, two-year-old Yulani Yuque, was asleep with her parents and brother, authorities said.

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Colombia's Santos says FARC attacks could end peace process

Source: Reuters - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:13 GMT
Author: Reuters

BOGOTA, July 29 (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said continuing attacks perpetrated by leftist FARC guerrillas, many of which target infrastructure, could bring an end to peace negotiations with the government.

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WFP and Government of Bolivar Launch Sprinkles for Life Project

CARTAGENA -On July 14th, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Bolivar launched the Sprinkles for Life project, which consists of implementing a home fortification strategy which uses micronutrients powders to serve 71,000 children from the ages of 2 to 5 in 45 different municipalities in the Department of Bolivar, over 11 months.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)

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In the Crossfire: thousands of Indigenous and Afro Colombians flee their territory in Chocó

While the peace dialogues continue in Havana, armed groups fight for the control of territory, illegal mineral mining and lucrative drug-trafficking corridors in Chocó, affecting indigenous and afro-Colombian communities.

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UNHCR Colombia Situation Regional Newsletter Issue no. 2, June 2014

In this issue

Colombia: Building blocks for a bet ter future Ecuador: Resisting prejudice
Panama: Free way to full integration
Human Inside: A security official on her work

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Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia?

Report-back on a research visit to Bogotá: the answer is "no, not yet"

By Adam Isacson, WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy; Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, WOLA Senior Associate for the Andes

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Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

07/21/2014 06:21 GMT

BOGOTA, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC.

Colombians re-elected Santos in mid-June in a cliffhanger poll seen as a referendum on peace talks to end Latin America's longest running armed conflict.

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