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30 Sep 2008 description

Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2008

Background

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, and drought. In addition, disasters triggered by environmental and industrial incidents, such as forest fires and chemical and oil spills, pose a potential threat. At times, El Niño Southern Oscillation events and poor land use management exacerbate the effects of these hazards.

26 Sep 2008 description

Humanitarian situation

MASS DISPLACEMENT IN CHOCÓ (ALTO BAUDÓ)

Clashes between the Army, ELN and the illegal armed group known as "Los Rastrojos" triggered the displacement 0f nearly 300 Afro Colombians in Alto Baudó.

291 IDPs (174 children among them) have been registered in the urban area by the local Ombudsman's Office of the municipality so far. Preliminary information reports that 3 more communities could be currently blocked, unable to displace.

26 Sep 2008 description

Situación humanitaria

DESPLAZAMIENTO MASIVO EN CHOCÓ (ALTÓ BAUDÓ)

Enfrentamientos entre el Ejército, ELN y "Los Rastrojos", causaron el desplazamiento de casi 300 Afro colombianos en Alto Baudó.

Hasta la fecha, 291 personas desplazadas (entre ellas, 174 niños) han sido registradas en el área urbana por la Personería municipal. Información preliminar reporta que tres comunidades más podrían estar bloqueadas, sin posibilidad de desplazarse.

18 Sep 2008 description

Situación humanitaria

DESPLAZAMIENTOS MASIVOS Y COMUNIDADES EN RIESGO EN EL DEPARTAMENTO DE CHOCÓ

La Oficina de Terreno de OCHA fue informada acerca del desplazamiento de 14 familias indígenas en la zona rural del Bajo Baudó y una nueva alerta de riesgo inminente de desplazamiento masivo en el municipio Istmina.

18 Sep 2008 description

Humanitarian situation

MASS DISPLACEMENTS AND COMMUNITIES AT RISK IN CHOCÓ DEPARTMENT

OCHA field office was informed about the displacement of 14 indigenous families within rural Bajo Baudó and a new alert of imminent risk of mass displacement in the municipality of Istmina.

According to the information received by OCHA, 14 indigenous families (nearly 70 people) displaced towards two rural villages in Bajo Baudó following the kidnapping of 4 members of the community allegedly by the 18 illegal armed group known as "Los Rastrojos". Preliminary information repots that 7 …

16 Sep 2008 description

INTRODUCTION

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are the best placed to articulate their needs and evaluate the national, regional and international responses to those needs,(1) but most decisions on situations of internal displacement still do not sufficiently reflect their thinking.

The purpose of this report is to make better known how IDPs view the major issues affecting them. Listening to their voices is important because:

- The special needs of IDPs are often different from those of other war affected populations.

11 Sep 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08

In brief

Programme purpose: Support the ten National Societies in the South American Region to effectively operationalize the Inter American Plan 2007 -2011.

Programme summary: From the beginning of 2008, the Regional Representation (RR) for South America, based in Lima has worked with the Americas Zone Office to implement the New Operating Model (NOM), which will bring new opportunities through new ways of working. The process of designing the suitable and sustainable implementation of the NOM in the Americas was enhanced by the …

10 Sep 2008 description

Humanitarian situation

MASS DISPLACEMENT IN ANTIOQUIA

A new mass mobilization against the eradication of illicit crops triggered the displacement of more than 2.000 from rural Anorí towards the urban area, allegedly forced by FARC members.

According to CODHES, the peasants have been arriving since Monday (September 8) protesting against the loss of self-sustenance crops, and food shortages as a consequence, caused by the eradication programs ongoing in the northwest of the department.

10 Sep 2008 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 7 and 10 percent of the world's population live with disabilities. As such, it can be assumed that between 2.5 and 3.5 million of the world's 35 million displaced persons also live with disabilities. Among displaced persons who have fled civil conflict, war or natural disasters, the number with disabilities may be even higher.

Yet persons with disabilities remain among the most hidden, neglected and socially excluded of all displaced people today.

02 Sep 2008 description

Humanitarian situation

MASS DISPLACEMENTS IN CHOCÓ DEPARTMENT

Two new mass displacements of indigenous and Afro Colombian communities were registered in the period under review in the municipalities of Alto Baudó and Medio Baudó respectively. This is the second mass displacement of the year in each municipality.

On August 14, nearly 300 Embera indigenous (66 families) displaced within the rural area of Alto Baudó fleeing from the abuses and threats of alleged members of the illegal armed group known as Los Rastrojos.

01 Sep 2008 description

CONTENIDO

I. METODOLOGÍA Y AMPLIO PROCESO DE CONSULTAS

II. CONTEXTO HISTÓRICO, MARCO CONSTITUCIONAL E INSTITUCIONALIDAD EN DDHH

III. AVANCES Y DESAFÍOS PARA LA PROTECCIÓN Y PROMOCIÓN DE LOS DDHH

A. Lucha contra la violencia y mantenimiento del orden p=FAblico

i) Homicidios en persona protegida, desapariciones forzadas y tortura

ii) Minas anti personal

B. Lucha contra la impunidad y acceso a la justicia

C.

01 Sep 2008 description

(Translation made by the Colombian government)

I. METHODOLOGY AND THE BROAD PROCESS OF CONSULTATION

1. Colombia supported the Universal Periodic Review with the conviction that it is useful to make an objective evaluation of the practice of States, to encourage cooperation, and to promote best practices in guaranteeing human rights. Colombia voluntarily undertook this exercise in order to encourage a deeper analysis of our situation, a better understanding of it, and obtain transparent co-operation from other states.