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ABColombia is the advocacy project of a group of five leading UK and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF and Trócaire. Amnesty International and PBI are observers.


ABColombia es un proyecto de incidencia política de cinco agencias Británicas e Irlandesas con programas en Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF y Trócaire. Amnistía Internacional y PBI son observadores. 

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Publications


Security of HRDs and Communities  June 2016  English



     Fuelling Conflcit

Spanish  / English





 

Civil Society Voices: Agendas for Peace in Colombia

  
English / Spanish


 

Colombia: Women, Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process

English / Spanish


 


Giving It Away: The Consequences of an Unsustainable Mining Policy in Colombia

 

English / Spanish

 

 

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Latest from ABColombia  

July 2016

Ethnic Commission's Agenda

Key Element for Sustainble Peace

Colombian Ethnic groups (Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Communities) have been calling for the FARC and the Colombian Government to invite the Ethnic Commission [1] to Havana since the begining of the Peace Talks. After nearly three years of requesting this they finally agreed in March 2016.

Read more here

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July 2016

Agreement to tackle

Paramilitary economic and political structures


For years civil society organisations (CSOs) have been calling on the State to dismantle the political, economic structures and military structures of the paramilitary groups. Finally, an agreement has been made in Havana which creates mechanisms to do just that.


According to Gustavo Gallo, Director of the Colombian Commission of Jurists: 'There has never been so many nor such well-articulated mechanisms, nor have they ever included the President, or a national political pact. Hopefully these developments are indicative of real will to eradicate political violence and guarantee finally peaceful coexistence in Colombia."

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  June 2016

New Briefing Document

Security of Defenders and Communities


Find report here
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June 2016

Paquemás - Uraba - Colombia


Paquemás is a rural peasant farmer community in the municipality of Turbo, Antioquia department, in the North-western Colombia. The peasant farmers of Paquemas were forced to flee their homes in the context of Colombia’s armed conflict. They are seeking land restitution under the Law 1448. A community leader from Pacquemas recently visited the UK, Ireland and Brussels.


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June 2016

Historic moment for the Peace Talks


On 22 June 2016 after over fifty years of conflict the FARC Guerillas and the Colombian Government announced an agreement on a complete bilateral ceasefire; the laying down of arms; guarentees for security and to fight against organised criminal groups responsable for killings, massacres and attacks against human rights defenders, social and political movements.


Essential to any peace in Colombia will be a culture that fosters social inclusion and recognises human dignity.

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June 2016

Important Victory for ABColombia Partner

Tierra Digna


The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled as unconstitutional three resolutions designating over 20 million hectares of Colombian territory as Strategic Mining Areas (T-766 of 2015). An important step forward in protecting of the rights not only of these 16 communities but also other communities in Colombia, as the Constitutional Court ruling had an inter comunis effects, meaning that the protections extend populations in a similar situation in the country, not only to the plaintiffs.


read more here 

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June 2016

Security for Human Rights Defenders and Communities


ABColombia's latest publication outlines the increasing dangers in Colombia for communities and human rights defenders. It makes recommendationsas on how to improve this situation.


The work of human rights defenders represents a cornerstone for democracy and the promotion of an equitable and sustainable peace

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May 2016

Violent repression of social protest in Colombia


On 30 May 2016, peaceful protests were initiated across Colombia organised by the National Agrarian Summit, Peasant, Indigenous and Afrodescendent. Protesting the Colombian government’s failure to fulfill commitments given in 2013 and 2014 to enact rural reforms. According to ABColombia partner organisations the anti-riot police (ESMAD) commited alleged human rights violations against demonstrators in Cauca and other regions of Colombia.

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Latest News on Colombia  

May 2016 

First General Arrested and Detained for Extrajudicial Killings  Falsos Positivos


April 2016 

Victims 'proposals and recommendations' on enforced disappearance


March 2016

Peace Talks start with the ELN


March 2016

 7 Human Rights Defenders Killed in two weeks

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March 2016

Celebrating the work of Women Human Rights Defenders: Former Judge Maria Stella Jara

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February 2016

Colombia's Constitutional Court decides on Military Justice System reform

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February 2016

Victims’ organisations call for implementation and consultation on measures agreed in Havana on the Disappeared

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February 2016

Situation of Colombian Human Rights Defenders continues to be deadly serious

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February 2016

Letter from NGOs to Havana on the importance of the monitoring role of the UN Office for Human Rights in Colombia

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January 2016

Government and FARC agree on UN mission to monitor ceasefire


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