Report on the Human Rights situation in Colombia 2008-2013
Cooperation with United Nations mechanisms and bodies
Colombia agreed to the visit of several special procedures since the previous UPR, which has been valued positively. Nevertheless, Colombia has not yet complied with most of the recommendations made by the various UN mechanisms.
It is of concern that despite its standing invitation, Colombia has not agreed to receive visits requested by various special procedures, including the visit of the Working Group on mercenaries and the Special Rapporteur on internally displaced persons, who both applied twice, and has not invited the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide when the situation in Colombia with respect to these issues is dramatic.
Also, although the recent ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance has been noted as a positive step, it is important for Colombia to accept the competence of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which would allow for broader protective functions and the direct participation of victims. The same applies to the CERD, CMW and the CAT with regards to individual complaints procedures.
Of great concern are statements made by the Chancellor in July 2011 which questioned the work of the UN offices in Colombia. In the same vein, government questions regarding the latest annual report of the OHCHR and the current government initiative to establish a national human rights system raise serious concerns that they may be seeking to supplant the work of the OHCHR office in Colombia.