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29 Aug 2015 description

Cucuta, Colombia | AFP | 8/30/2015 - 00:07 GMT

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city Saturday amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

"I am here to make sure our fellow Colombians get the services they need," Santos said as he began the tour of Cucuta, a far northeastern city of about 700,00 with close business ties to Venezuela and which has been on edge.

29 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

28 August 2015 – Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office called today on the authorities in both countries to ensure the situation is resolved through “calm discussion and dialogue, firmly grounded in their obligations under international human rights law and refugee law.”

28 Aug 2015 description

New York , 28 August 2015

The Secretary-General is aware of recent developments around several localities at the border between Colombia and Venezuela. The UN system is supporting efforts to address the needs of the persons requiring humanitarian assistance.

28 Aug 2015 description

In response to the humanitarian crisis taking place on the Venezuelan border since Friday, the Colombian Red Cross has set up a “human corridor” to transport Colombian and Venezuelan nationals in need of medical attention from San Antonio and neighbouring areas to hospitals in Cúcuta.

28 Aug 2015 description

Carcacas, Venezuela | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 22:22 GMT

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns.

The countries have been locked in a diplomatic row since Maduro closed part of the border last week after unidentified assailants attacked a Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrol, wounding three soldiers and a civilian.

Maduro blamed the attack on right-wing paramilitaries from Colombia.

27 Aug 2015 description
map Maplecroft

Guerrilla attacks against private sector infrastructure pose a severe risk to operational continuity in Colombia. As the armed forces have become more effective in dealing with attacks by insurgents, guerrillas have increasingly focused on infrastructure in rural areas. Militants primarily target infrastructure associated with the oil and gas sector, resulting in substantial losses for the industry and major environmental damage.

24 Aug 2015 description

I. Executive Summary

From end of February to early March 2015, a fact-finding mission from Displacement Solutions visited Colombia to investigate the situation of the town of Gramalote, which was completely destroyed by the extreme weather events of La Nina 2010-2011, and to review the status of the planned relocation of the population to another site. The mission used the 2013 Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States as a guiding framework for assessing the situation.

Communities affected by climate displacement

24 Aug 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Monday 8/24/2015 - 15:43 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas admitted Monday to killing a black community leader in the country's southwest in early August, a crime they had strongly condemned.

After initially rejecting any link to the August 3 shooting of Genaro Garcia, an activist for those forced to flee their homes by Colombia's five-decade guerrilla war, leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) admitted one of their units killed him.

22 Aug 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 - 23:15 GMT

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos urged Venezuela on Saturday to reconsider its decision to close its border in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol.

"If it's for security reasons, the response should not be to close the border. It rather should be to cooperate more effectively with Colombian authorities," Santos said.

22 Aug 2015 description

Caracas, Venezuela | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 - 01:40 GMT

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region Friday, following an earlier attack that wounded four people.

Tensions run high along the 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) porous border, rife with guerrilla and smuggling activity, and the two countries almost went to war in 2008.

20 Aug 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 8/20/2015 - 15:33 GMT

Colombian rebels holding peace talks with the government have extended a unilateral ceasefire, one of their commanders said Thursday.

The commander, Carlos Antonio Lozada, one of the FARC guerrilla group's negotiators at the talks in Havana, did not specify how long the extension would last.

The goal of prolonging the ceasefire -- first declared July 20 for one month -- is to bolster the negotiations, which have been ongoing since November 2012, Lozada said.

20 Aug 2015 description
report World Bank

From 2002 until 2014, the World Bank supported the government of Colombia in its goals related to the protection, formalization and restitution of land rights, particularly to those displaced by the decades of conflict. Overall the Project responded to 173,756 requests for protection of land assets from internally displaced persons (IDPs), conferred 1,337 titles to occupants, contributed to the regulation of the Land Restitution Law and decrees for ethnic minorities, and received 72,623 requests for land restitution.

Challenge

19 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Nelson Acosta

HAVANA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels hinted on Tuesday they would extend a unilateral ceasefire when another round of peace talks open in Havana on Thursday, as long as the government did not renew air raids on their bases.

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18 Aug 2015 description

Department of Atlantico: 10 municipalities including Sabanalarga and Palmar were affected by storms. Several municipalities were left without power due to fallen power lines. (m: Eheraldo)

14 Aug 2015 description

CACAHUAL, Colombia, Aug 14 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is working with Save the Children to assist to 256 families on the Pacific coast of Colombia, who were displaced during the first week of June after violent attacks by guerillas following the collapse of a ceasefire with the government.

Among the displaced are 151 children.

13 Aug 2015 description

SG/A/1586*-BIO/4748*

Biographical Note

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jean Arnault of France as his Delegate to the Sub-Commission on End of Conflict Issues within the Colombian Peace Process. The appointment follows a 12 July request by the parties to the peace talks in Havana, the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

09 Aug 2015 description

Bogota 7 August 2015— UN-Habitat in conjunction with its partners, the National Savings Fund (FNA) and Portfolio recently hosted a forum in Bogota during which the participants agreed for a post conflict urban agenda for Colombian cities.

05 Aug 2015 description

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today concluded its consideration of the combined fifteenth to sixteenth reports of Colombia on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

05 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • During first semester of 2015, the unilateral ceasefire by FARC-EP and the resulting de-escalation of military operations marked a major milestone in the path to peace.

  • During the first 40 days following the ceasefire suspension, the confrontations reached their highest levels since 2011.

  • Nearly 2 million people suffered limitations on access or mobility due to armed violence, natural disasters or mass protests.

04 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The WASH cluster, under the lead of UNICEF, provided safe drinking water and hygiene promotion messaging to 175,905 people and 41,400 people benefited from proper management of excreta and solid waste systems including 10,000 children in schools and rural households. Specifically,
    UNICEF supported 5,369 person benefited from access to safe water.