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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

 

"Civil Society Speaking Out: Agendas for a Sustainable Peace in Colombia" (preliminary findings)


English



"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

 

 

 

More ABColombia publications here

 

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January 2015



Ireland hold debate on EU- Colombia/Peru
Free Trade Agreement 



On Wednesday 28 January 2015, the Irish Parliament - the Dáil - held a full debate on human rights in Colombia and the proposed EU Free Trade Agreement with Peru and Colombia.


Organisations in Ireland asked Irish citizens and politicians to stand up for human rights in Colombia by rejecting the treaty - based on its lack of adequate human rights monitoring mechanisms and because human rights violations in Colombia continue with impunity.


Many politicians raised human rights concerns and the vote was very close - with 67 votes in favour, and 46 against.


More information here




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Palm oil cultivators sentenced for paramilitary
ties and land grabs 



In December 2014 a Medellin court sentenced 16 businessmen behind a large palm oil project in western Colombia to prison for using paramilitary groups to illegally obtain territory. 

They have been sentenced to between 7-10 years in prison for the crimes of conspiracy, forced displacement, and the invasion of areas of special ecological importance through forcing communities off the collective territory of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó.


Full story here







Palm Plantations in Colombia

Credit: Piers Calvert





 

Latest News on Colombia  

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January 2015

Royal Visit to Colombia

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January 2015

Journalist Jineth Bedoya calls for greater recognition and protection for Colombia’s victims

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December 2014

ABColombia write chapter on Colombia for Global report on Civil Society Space: 'Space for Civil Society - How to Protect and Expand an Enabling Environment' (CIDSE and Act Alliance, 2014)

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November 2014

New ABColombia report launched in UK Parliament: 'Civil Society Speaking Out: Agendas for a Sustainable Peace in Colombia'
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November 2014

Human Rights Defenders from Northern Colombia visit Europe 
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November 2014

Letter from international organisations about the case of human rights defender David Ravelo. Read letter in English and Spanish
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November 2014

Statement: Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

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November 2014

Panel discussion: Colombian Human Rights Defenders Visiting the UK, UCL-Institute of the Americas, Friday 28 November
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November 2014

Event in Parliament: Civil Society Space in Colombia: How can the UK support democracy and human rights  in Colombia?

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November 2014

Parliamentary Briefing: Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Investment Treaties: Upholding the UK’s commitments on human rights in business and investment?

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September 2014

Colombian Victims call for Immediate Ceasefire and Integral Reparation  

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September 2014

Grassroots initiatives hold key to lasting peace in Colombia  

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July 2014

Colombia’s human rights day marred by threats against defenders

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July 2014

ABColombia Statement on Humanitarian Crisis in Chocó: In the Crossfire: thousands of Indigenous and Afro Colombians flee their territory in Chocó

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July 2014

Colombians fearful as paramilitary bosses are released 
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July 2014
The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty: The BIT poses grave risks to the achievement of human rights and the successful implementation of agreements that are currently being made in the peace dialogues between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian Government in Havana. 


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