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30 Jan 2015 description

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the National Service of Learning (SENA) of Colombia today signed a cooperation agreement that seeks to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience and skills of both the SENA and other educational institutions in the region and to strengthen the support that the hemispheric institution provides to its member states in the field of education.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF is requesting US$5.5 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in Colombia in 2015.

27 Jan 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Tuesday 27/1/2015 - 17:17 GMT

The FARC guerrilla group warned Tuesday that army attacks have resulted in 20 deaths since a unilateral rebel ceasefire went into effect last month, putting peace talks in jeopardy.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, accused "war-mongering sectors" of seeking to sabotage the one-sided truce, and said the attacks were making the rebels' decision to halt offensive operations increasingly unsustainable.

27 Jan 2015 description

Colombia - The ranks of Colombians demobilized from armed groups continue to grow. In 2014 a total of 2,360 demobilized people in the process of reintegration took part in community infrastructure projects including building bridges, renovating parks and re-modelling schools – projects which benefited over 135,000 Colombians in 30 departments around the country.

The number of projects undertaken by demobilized people last year doubled from 2013, when 987 demobilized former combatants participated in these activities.

26 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – “I was 14 years old when my family fled,” said Viviana, now 26. “We arrived in a new town where we thought we would be able to live in peace, but there were armed groups there, too.”

Viviana lives in Meta, a department in mid-eastern Colombia that has seen repeated attacks by paramilitary groups. Between 1985 and late 2013, over 2 million people under age 26 were displaced by the country’s unrest, according to the Victims' Care and Comprehensive Reparation Unit.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Further information on UA: 9/15 Index: AMR 23/003/2015 Colombia Date: 23 January 2015

URGENT ACTION

land restitution process sparks more threats

Paramilitaries have threatened dozens of land claimants and community leaders, as well as human rights defenders, trade unionists, journalists and state officials working on land restitution in the departments of Atlántico and Magdalena in northern Colombia.

21 Jan 2015 description

The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Colombia on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

20 Jan 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 1/20/2015 - 16:34 GMT

A month-long ceasefire by FARC guerrillas is holding in Colombia, officials said Tuesday, as the two sides continue to seek a negotiated end to a half-century of civil war.

"We haven't confirmed any offensive armed action by the FARC in that time that could be seen as a breach or violation of the ceasefire," the office of the Colombian government ombudsman.

20 Jan 2015 description

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.

19 Jan 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 19/1/2015 - 18:15 GMT

Colombia and the FARC have "considerable differences" about what kind of justice should be meted out to rebels who lay down their arms as part of a peace agreement, a top negotiator acknowledged Monday.

"These issues are very complex," said Humberto la Calle, Bogota's chief negotiator in talks with the Marxist guerrilla group.

"In the matter of transitional justice, as might be expected, we are still facing considerable differences," la Calle said.

14 Jan 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Wednesday 1/14/2015 - 17:57 GMT

Colombia's military denied a claim by the FARC rebel group that eight soldiers were killed this week in a counter-insurgency operation.

Military sources disclosed, however, that a soldier was killed in a separate engagement on January 9 in the southern department of Caqueta.

The soldier, 23-year-old Edward Valsco Medina, was believed to be the first combat death since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) unilaterally declared a ceasefire on December 20.

13 Jan 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 1/13/2015 - 15:50 GMT

A top FARC negotiator Tuesday reaffirmed the Colombian rebel group's intention to observe a unilateral ceasefire so long as its forces do not come under attack.

In comments published in the newspaper El Espectator, Pastor Alape said the indefinite ceasefire that the FARC declared on December 20 was "a serious step toward the agreement of an armistice."

13 Jan 2015 description

Colombia is a country of paradoxes; while the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased from 2 million in 2004 to over 6 million in 2014 (and currently ranks second only to Syria in the scale of displacement), the government has taken impressive steps not only to address the needs of IDPs but to bring an end to the long conflict with guerrilla groups.

13 Jan 2015 description

Since the declaration of a unilateral and indefinite truce by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group 22 days ago, the nation saw a record drop this month in violence correlated to the armed conflict.

According to the Resource Center for Analysis of the Conflict (CERAC), the body monitoring the cease-fire, a similar ‘calm’ was not witnessed in the country since the mid 80s. “There has been no offensive act considered in violation of the truce” in this period.

07 Jan 2015 description

1/7/2015 - 15:30 GMT

Colombia's second largest leftist guerrilla group announced Wednesday it is prepared to hold formal peace negotiations with the government aimed at ending a half century old insurgency.

The National Liberation Front, or ELN by its Spanish acronym, would be following in the footsteps of the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has been in peace talks with the government for more than two years.

06 Jan 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 1/5/2015 - 23:57 GMT

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday urged the country's second-largest rebel force, the National Liberation Army, to join the FARC's one-sided ceasefire and parallel peace talks.

"We appeal to the ELN (its Spanish-language initials) to join the unilateral ceasefire as the FARC have done," Santos said.

"We also want to appeal to them to reach an accord as soon as possible on the agenda points we have been discussing for some time," the Colombian leader said

27 Dec 2014 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 12/26/2014 - 19:49 GMT

by Carlos RODRIGUEZ

Leftist FARC rebels released a Colombian soldier Friday, nearly a week after beginning a unilateral ceasefire aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running conflict.

President Juan Manuel Santos hailed the release of Carlos Becerra Ojeda in a rural area of southwestern Cauca department as "another step in the right direction."

26 Dec 2014 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 12/26/2014 - 00:41 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Thursday announced that they would release a soldier they captured last week "in the coming days," calling the move a humanitarian gesture.

The decision came in the wake of a unilateral ceasefire the leftist rebels began Saturday during peace negotiations to end Latin America's longest-running insurgency after more than 50 years.