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Colombia: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 30 September 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Persistence of the internal armed conflict and generalized violence. Reduced visibility of the humanitarian situation. Some regions are more impacted than others. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview some regions have more needs and less response than others.

Increase in humanitarian caseload, including IDPs, civilian victims of APM, those affected by natural disasters.

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Se espera que 2,5 millones de bogotanos participen en simulacro de evacuación

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El Espectador

Este jueves 16 de octubre Bogotá realizará el sexto Simulacro Distrital de Evacuación en el que se espera la participación de 2 millones 500 mil personas entre empresas, centros educativos, centros de salud, jardines infantiles, industrias, sitios de comercio y servicios, entre otros.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 31 | 01 – 30 September 2014

In 2014, one out of four people forcibly displaced in mass events had to leave as a result of the actions of these armed groups. The social control they impose has also led to increased confinement and movement restrictions.

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UNHCR Colombia Situation Regional Newsletter Issue no. 3, October 2014

Human Inside: UNHCR helps refugee women survive sexual violence

Mayerly Jiménez* was a young Colombian refugee in Ecuador and the mother of a little child when she died in a hospital in the country´s capital Quito at the age of 20 – burned by her partner when she was about to abandon him after many years of bullying and abuse. These had also been the causes why Jimenez had left Colombia in the first place: Her mother had obliged her at the young age of 14 to have a relationship with a man who was ten years older.

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Dozens of Children Rescued in Colombia Sex Trafficking Sting

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Voice of America

VOA News

October 15, 2014 12:56 AM

Scores of children have been rescued in a raid on a sex trafficking ring in Colombia, including an 11-year-old girl allegedly sold for $1,000.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Tuesday that they found 55 minors and arrested 12 people on Saturday in a joint undercover operation with Colombian police in three cities: Armenia, Cartagena, and Medellin.

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“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”

Susan Abad

Three of the five points on the agenda for peace negotiations between the government and the FARC have already been approved. “The circulation of [fake] versions and rumors” that attempted to “misinform and create mistrust” between Colombians was — as the chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle said — what motivated President Juan Manuel Santos to reveal at the end of September the agreements that have been reached in the peace talks in Havana with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), since November 2012.

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Colombia: the voices of victims of conflict need be more than just heard

Bogota, 13 October 2014 – In response to ongoing dialogue between the Colombian government and left-wing guerrilla group, Las Farc, the Jesuit Refugee Service has urged the negotiating parties to take in account the needs of those affected by the conflict. The statement – presented at the National Victims Forum in Cali – called for assistance for victims, reparations, solutions to the displacement and preventative measures. JRS also urged receiving states to welcome refugees and offer them international protection, not forcibly return them to Colombia.

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Colombia: Emergency Response Fund - Annual Report 2013

Executive Summary Despite an on-going peace process between the Government of Colombia (GoC) and the guerrilla group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejercito del Pueblo (FARC- EP), during 2013 Colombia continued to face the consequences of armed confrontation and violence caused by many actors: FARC-EP and Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) guerrillas, post-demobilization armed groups and other armed groups with less defined structures.

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REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 7 - Volume 375

Highlights

  • INTENSE RAINS: Heavy rains in recent days have caused damages in Colombia, Honduras, Uruguay and Mexico, among other countries.

  • EARTHQUAKE IN BOLIVIA: 106 families remain in shelters due to the 4.9 degree earthquake registered on 1 October.

  • EBOLA: Texas (USA) is on high alert to stop the spread of ebola as it encountered the first diagnoses in the Americas. The first local transmission of the disease outside Africa was registered in Spain.

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Lightning kills 11 indigenous Indians in remote Colombia

10/06/2014 22:48 GMT

BOGOTA, October 6, 2014 (AFP) - Lightning struck dead 11 Colombians and injured 15 others during a meeting of indigenous Wiwa spiritual leaders in a remote mountainous area in the country's north, the government said Monday.

The Wiwa, who were gathered at a community in the isolated Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range in Magdalena department, were killed by "an electrical charge from a lightning bolt," the national ombudsman's office said.

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Colombia victims ask for protection following threats

10/03/2014 03:56 GMT

HAVANA, October 3, 2014 (AFP) - Victims of the 50-year-old armed conflict in Colombia called on President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday to protect witnesses testifying in peace talks and investigate death threats against them.

According to the United Nations office in Bogota, several of the victims who had recently traveled to Havana to tell their story at negotiations between the government and FARC rebels received letters with death threats, while others have been the target of verbal attacks on Facebook.

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UNHCR presents Nansen Refugee Award to courageous Colombian women

A courageous Colombian women's rights network was in the spotlight on Monday as it received UNHCR's prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, Switzerland, for its outstanding work to help victims of forced displacement and sexual abuse.

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Food Rations Arrive in Chocó

The Government of Colombia, through the Department of Social Protection, requested WFP’s support to distribute food to some 4,300 people – mostly indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities—in the Alto Baudó Municipality in the Department of Chocó. Clashes among illegal groups in the area have forced the displacement of people and restricted their movement, affecting food security and livelihoods. WFP made a first distribution in 21 communities.

1. WFP Uses Boats To Reach Affected Areas

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Colombian bill on military criminal justice ‘major setback’ for human rights, say experts

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UN News Service

29 September 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts are calling on the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts.

“If adopted, this bill could seriously undermine the independence and impartiality of the judiciary,” the experts said in an open letter regarding Bill No. 85 (2013) that was made public today.

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Colombia to become a “champion” on IDRL

By Hugo Cahueñas

Over the last several years, Colombia has become increasingly engaged in strengthening its legal and procedural frameworks for regulating international disaster response (IDRL). Inspired by its experience, and recognizing the potential benefit to others, Colombia’s National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) is currently working with the Colombian Red Cross (CRD) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies to become a “champion” for IDRL in the Americas region.

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At a Crucial Moment for Peace and Reconciliation for Colombia, IOM Supports Forum on Land, Peace and Post-Conflict

Colombia - In the midst of the construction of an agenda for long-lasting peace, Colombia is living a historic moment in which the post-conflict phase presents a great opportunity to build a new rural development architecture, in a country where 52 per cent of large-scale property is held by 1.15 per cent of the population.

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Colombia, FARC to publish partial peace deals

09/24/2014 20:59 GMT

HAVANA, September 24, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's government and leftist rebel FARC said Wednesday they would release partial peace deals they have reached so far seeking to end the five-decade conflict.

In an effort to stop speculation and foster transparency, the two sides agreed to publish draft texts adopted so far at their nearly two-year-old talks in Havana, they announced in an email.

They did not say when the deals would be published.

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U.S. Organizations Support Broad Inclusion of Victims’ Voices into Colombian Peace Process and Urge Protection for Victims and Defend [EN/SP]

The undersigned organizations express our enthusiastic appreciation and support that a broad and inclusive range of representatives of victims of violence, including victims of the guerrillas, state and paramilitary forces, are being heard at the peace negotiating table in Havana. We urge both parties to the negotiations to fully incorporate into the emerging accords the demands of Colombia’s countless victims of violence for truth, justice, meaningful reparations and guarantees of non-repetition.