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17 Dec 2014 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 00:13 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire on Wednesday in the 50-year conflict, saying they would only use weapons if they came under attack by the army.

The announcement -- the third year running the leftist rebels have declared a ceasefire over the holiday season -- comes soon after peace talks with the Colombian government resumed, following a crisis triggered by the capture of an army general on November 16.

16 Dec 2014 description

16 December 2014 - A partnership between the Colombian and Austrian governments, UNODC, and the Austrian fair trade chocolate manufacturer Zotter has just been launched, with the introduction of a new premium chocolate bar - branded as Labooko - Kolumbien Kakao 75%. This is part of the UNODC-supported Montebravo project in Colombia, which provides small-scale farmers with badly needed sources of income in order to reduce their dependence on illicit drug crops.

16 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HCT identifies 4.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and plans to attend 2 million in 2015.

  • After two years of peace talks, the impact of armed violence persists.

  • Almost 60,000 people affected by floods in November.

FIGURES

Number of IDPs in mass events Jan.-Nov. 2014 (OCHA) 16,957

Number of people affected by access / mobility constraints and confinement. Jan.-Nov 2014 (OCHA) 535,843

11 Dec 2014 description

Journalists threatened by the paramilitary group “Bloque Capital - Águilas Negras” holds a meeting in Bogotá today to publicize the dangers they face. The group has given news outlets a deadline of 1 January to leave the cities where it operates, but the government has yet to respond. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the dangers to freedom of information and pluralism in Colombia.

11 Dec 2014 description

MEDELLIN, Colombia, December 10 (UNHCR) – Sixteen-year-old Susana* had a short and unhappy life, beaten to death by a jealous and controlling husband. The man was a bully who used to tell Susana how to do her hair and decided whether or not she could paint her fingernails.

He regularly accused her of having a lover. The only things that brought her some happiness were her year-old daughter and membership of a youth group on the outskirts of Medellin, Colombia's second largest city.

10 Dec 2014 description

Bogota 9 December 2014 - Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and GLTN recently joined efforts to implement the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) with the aim of applying the tool to support neighbourhood upgrading program in Ciudadela Sucre settlement, which is located in the Municipality of Soacha, Colombia. More than one year later, STDM has been customized to manage and analyze data from both household enumeration and settlement profiling exercises for eleven neighbourhoods in Ciudadela Sucre.

10 Dec 2014 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Wednesday 12/10/2014 - 18:29 GMT

Peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist FARC guerrillas resumed Wednesday after a crisis sparked by the rebels' capture of an army general.

"We are beginning a new cycle of talks today. This clearly shows that we have left behind the events of the past weeks," said the government's chief negotiator, Humberto de la Calle, as negotiations to end the 50-year-old conflict resumed in the Cuban capital Havana.

08 Dec 2014 description

Victims, the floor is yours!
With UNHCR’s help their voices are heard in the peace process

When the cylinder bomb went off, 120 men, women and children were hiding in a church in Bojayá (Chocó department).

07 Dec 2014 description

November 24, 2014

We view with grave concern renewed legislative efforts by the Colombian government that could deny justice for serious human rights abuses—including extrajudicial executions—committed by members of the military and police.

05 Dec 2014 description

Victims of armed conflict in La Montañita, a municipality in the department of Caquetá in south Colombia, inaugurated a new service center to provide assistance in a safe and dignified space Dec. 3.

The Victims Unit and municipal government worked with International Relief & Development (IRD) to refurbish a 1200 square foot office next to the town hall. Previously victims and public officials were working in a dilapidated building or traveling across town from one office to another.

04 Dec 2014 description

In order to build a sustainable peace, it is essential to involve those that have suffered the impact of the conflict in the peace-building process. For this an enabling environment needs to be created – an environment where participative democracy and human rights are respected and promoted.

03 Dec 2014 description

12/3/2014 - 18:35 GMT

The FARC and the Colombian government agreed Wednesday to resume peace talks that stalled over the kidnap of an army general, according to Cuba and Norway, the two countries shepherding the process.

The next round of talks will take place in Cuba from December 10-17, "with the aim of advancing the issue of de-escalation of the conflict," Cuban official Jose Luis Ponce said in a statement.

02 Dec 2014 description

2014 marks 30 years of the ‘Cartagena Declaration on Refugees’, a regional document that established norms for the international protection of refugees. After Syria, Colombia has the most internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world, and the elderly are among the most vulnerable and affected. In this story, our partners at HelpAge International bring light to the situation and what's being done to increase awareness and improve access to assistance and protection for this demographic.

02 Dec 2014 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Tuesday 2/12/2014 - 19:40 GMT

by Alexandre GROSBOIS

Negotiators from the Colombian government and leftist guerrilla group FARC met Tuesday on resuming peace talks whose balance of power has likely shifted since the rebels released five army captives.

In their first meeting since President Juan Manuel Santos suspended the talks over the capture of an army general, negotiators from the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia gathered behind closed doors in the Cuban capital Havana to discuss getting negotiations back on track.

01 Dec 2014 description

Bogotá/Geneva (ICRC) – Three members of the Colombian army held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) since 16 November have today been released. The general, corporal and lawyer were handed over to representatives of the Cuban and Norwegian governments and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The handover took place in a rural area of Chocó department, in western Colombia.

01 Dec 2014 description

Cartagena +30
Thousands flee violence in Latin America

In December 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean will stake out a new course for the protection of the region’s displaced populations during the next decade. New displacement drivers require new regional measures.

01 Dec 2014 description

Bogota, Colombie | AFP | Monday 12/01/2014 - 03:11 GMT

by Alina DIESTE

Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas freed an army general Sunday in a concession to revive peace talks, but the president refused to budge on their calls for a ceasefire.

Two weeks after sending the peace process into crisis by capturing Brigadier General Ruben Alzate, their highest-ranking captive in 50 years of conflict, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed him and two other army captives over to the Red Cross in the jungle-covered department of Choco.

27 Nov 2014 description

Following a meeting with Colombia’s foreign minister María Ángela Holguín, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen today announced she was making an additional €500,000 available to support the Colombian peace process.