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27 Mar 2017 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:00 GMT

"We had to fight to build our own homes. Some people said women weren't capable of doing this"

By Anastasia Moloney

TURBACO, Colombia, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When fighting in Colombia forced Everlides Almanza to abandon her farm, she ended up in a slum near the coastal city of Cartagena where with only some plastic tarpaulin to shelter her, she longed for a new home.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Investigation, Aid to Displaced People Needed

(Washington, DC, March 27, 2017) Five community members were shot and killed in unclear circumstances in the western Colombian province of Chocó on the night of March 25, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Colombian government should take immediate measures to investigate the deaths and aid families who have been displaced.

23 Mar 2017 description
  • Invited by the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a UN Environment multi-disciplinary team of experts completed a 12-day mission

  • The team focused on the environmental impacts from illegal extraction of minerals, deforestation and mercury pollution

21 March 2017 – UN Environment will assist Colombia with overcoming the environmental degradation legacy of the internal conflict which lasted for more than 50 years, especially in remote rural areas.

22 Mar 2017 description

Due to heavy rains in the Nima River basin a tributary overflowed and caused a landslide, the Autonomous Regional Corporation of Valle del Cauca reported. This emergency has caused Palmira to run out of water. There are no reports of injuries however; there are crop losses in the region of Tenjo. (M: CARACOL)

20 Mar 2017 description

On 11 March 2017, a group of 54 families moved in the newly built town of Gramalote, Colombia some seven years after the decimation of the town as a consequence of the La Niña phenomena. They are part of the nearly 3,300 climate displaced people who were affected by the massive mudslide that destroyed their community in December 2010. Other families will continue moving throughout 2017 as their houses and other public buildings such as the school and hospital are finalized. It is expected that the 1,000 new houses will all be completed by March 2018.

19 Mar 2017 description

The families affected by the floods from March 8, 2017 in the municipality of Murindó (Urabá Antioqueno) increased by 435, equivalent to about 2,000 people, in Nechi 700 people were affected. Emergency floods in Nechí (Bajo Cauca Antioquia) have occurred since Wednesday. Houses, crops, building infrastructure, and livestock have been affected or destroyed. (M: EL TIEMPO)

17 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fourth session
27 February-24 March 2017
Agenda item 2

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Annual Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Colombia

Note by the Secretariat

17 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The demobilization and disarmament process of FARC combatants started. By the end of February, around 6,900 FARC members gathered in 25 ‘transitional zones’ located in 14 provinces to progressively lay down their weapons over a period of six months, under the tripartite verification mission (Government, the FARC and the United Nations).

15 Mar 2017 description

Due to heavy rains over the weekend, five municipalities in Cundinamarca have been affected by the flood. Reports released in Funza, Fusagasuga and Soacha indicate that floods have occurred due to faults in the sewage system. In Pacho and Utica, a high alert has been declared for the increase in surrounding rivers and for possible landslides caused by the constant rains. (M: HSB NOTICIAS)

15 Mar 2017 description

226 families were affected by heavy rains that occurred in the Uraba region and caused the Murindo River to overflow on Friday, March 10. Official reports have stated that in addition to the 226 families affected, 12 houses have been destroyed and four people have been injured. (M: EL COLOMBIANO)

13 Mar 2017 description
report Peace Direct

13 March 2017: The promise of peace has led to many changes within Colombian society. The most recent is the increased activism of young people, who through technology are promoting local change and peacebuilding, says Lina Maria Jaramillo.

The promise of peace has caused a lot of changes in Colombian civil society. After the defeat suffered by peace promoters in the 2016 referendum, Colombia appears to be facing a wave of citizen mobilisation from a civil society historically understood as an apathetic one.

13 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

1. At its 61st meeting, on 9 January 2017, the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict examined the third report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Colombia (S/2016/837), covering the period from September 2011 to June 2016, which was introduced by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. The Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations also addressed the Working Group.

11 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2017 cereal crops underway under mixed weather conditions

  • Cereal production in 2016 estimated at bumper level

  • Cereal imports expected to remain at high levels in 2016/17 marketing year

  • Rice prices stable; maize prices sharply decline in February

Planting of 2017 cereal crops underway under mixed weather conditions

10 Mar 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

09 Mar 2017 description

27 February 2017 - In order to strengthen national capacities to respond effectively to the crimes of trafficking in persons (TiP) and smuggling of migrants (SoM), the Government of Colombia and UNODC launched GLO.ACT, the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants in the South American country.

09 Mar 2017 description

Bogotá (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) observed a clear reduction in the impact of the internal armed conflict on the civilian population in Colombia in 2016. The bilateral ceasefire between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government was a milestone and brought about a significant decrease in the fighting and its human cost.

09 Mar 2017 description

Since Colombia ratified a revised peace accord to end the country’s long insurgency, FARC rebels have moved rapidly to ad hoc cantonment sites where they will demobilise under UN supervision. But the FARC leadership’s commitment to the deal is under pressure from disparate elements in its rank and file.