Since November 2016, the Government of Colombia has been working to implement a peace agreement with the country’s largest guerrilla group, FARC, to end a 50-year old conflict which has claimed over 200 000 lives and created the largest caseload of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world – a figure of 7.3 million according to government figures. But the volatile transitional phase has seen an increase in violence in several parts of the country, as remaining armed groups compete for territorial control.
The ELN has been in on-and-off preliminary talks with the government since 2014
BOGOTA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Colombia's government will begin much-delayed formal peace talks with the country's second-biggest rebel group the ELN on Feb. 8, after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday.
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On December 21 and 22, Norwegian People’s Aid, together with the The Mine Action Authority (DAICMA), the Humanitarian Demining Brigade (BIDES), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carried out the technical handover of the cleared areas in the Vereda El Orejón in the municipality of Briceño, which is located at the northeast of Colombia, after clearing 19,849 m2 and destroying 46 anti-personnel mines.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams treated 645 survivors of sexual violence in two Colombian cities in 2016.
Though sexual violence against women and girls is one of the most frequently committed forms of assault in Colombia—and around the world—each year, it remains a largely underreported and unacknowledged crime. In some places, this abuse is so common, it’s actually considered acceptable or part of the norm.
Bogotá - The Regional Office of the tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism in Florencia, department of Caquetá, is advancing the verification of possible clashes between two armed groups that took place in the vicinity of the municipality of San Vicente del Caguán. The verification is coordinated with Colombian Military Forces that will provide security in the area.
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Despite a host of challenges, the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) remained determined to ensure the successful implementation of the new peace agreement, the Head of the United Nations Mission in Colombia told the Security Council today.
Washington, D.C., December 25, 2016
Dear President Santos,
I am writing to share Human Rights Watch’s assessment of the Amnesty bill the Colombian Congress started discussing last week.
"By breaking my silence, I have encouraged many people to talk. I am convinced that one voice frees thousands." - Víctor Manuel Cortez Rodríguez.
The news of the new peace treaty between the Colombian government and FARC rebels this past November was heard around the world. After 55 years of an armed conflict that has claimed 600,000 lives, and in which four out of five victims are non-combatants, peace is now closer than ever.
◾Undernutrition remains a serious issue in parts of Colombia. 93 children have died of undernutrition in the department of La Guajira in 2016, including three during the last 24 hours, and 13 between 10 and 17 December. The majority of these deaths have occurred among the Wayuú indigenous population. According to experts these figures are largely underestimated.
◾These deaths are related to drought, lack of access to food and drinking water, the absence of basic services and the closure of the border with Venezuela.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2016 estimated at bumper level
Cereal imports expected to remain at high levels in 2016/17 marketing year
Cereal prices stable and below year-earlier levels in November
Cereal production estimated at bumper level in 2016
Bogota - The tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism of the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities has verified incidents that took place on 12 November in the municipality of Francisco Pizarro, department of Nariño, western Colombia.
According to FARC-EP explanations, they held a meeting in the same department, in the area of San Pedro del Vino, in order to clarify the responsibility of an illegally armed group for some acts of hostility against local communities. Two people from this group were injured and two were killed.
Spokespeople for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Date: 16 December 2016
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today warned the Government of Myanmar that its “short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous” approach to handling the crisis in northern Rakhine – including its failure to allow independent monitors access to the worst affected areas – could have grave long-term repercussions for the country and the region.
2016 Nobel Peace Laureate hails FAO’s role in plan to ramp up country’s agriculture after 50-year conflict
15 December 2016, Rome-Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, outlined a vision for his country's future after a 50-year civil war, affirming that the peace dividend would be reaped well beyond his nation‘s borders.
Rome, 15 December 2016 – The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today approved a new country strategy for Colombia, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to help the country overcome the effects of a 50-year conflict by promoting rural development.
With the new strategy, US$33 million will be invested in the country’s rural areas over the period 2017-2018 in addition to the existing allocation of nearly $70 million.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Colombia's government can move laws needed to carry out the country's peace deal with the Marxist FARC rebels through Congress more quickly than usual, the Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday.
Both the Senate and the lower house backed the accord with the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in recent votes, giving necessary legislative approval to the deal to end 52 years of war that has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions.
Human Rights Defenders at Grave Risk
Grave concerns have risen since the signing of the Peace Agreement for the safety of human rights defenders in Colombia.