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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

 

"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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Latest from ABColombia  


July 2014


ABColombia Statement on
Humanitarian Crisis in Chocó:


In the Crossfire: thousands of Indigenous and Afro Colombians flee their territory in Chocó


Read the full statement here





Indigenous communities in Chocó try to maintain their culture and daily lives despite being caught in the midst of an ongoing conflict.

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   July 2014

Colombians fearful as paramilitary bosses are released 



This August between 160 and 200 paramilitaries from the Colombian United Self-Defence Force (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia -AUC) will start leaving prison.


The paramilitaries being released are those who had committed crimes against humanity and were transferred for trial under Law 975 of 2005, also called the ‘Justice and Peace Law’. The imminent release of these paramilitaries has led to considerable fear among the victims of their crimes, particularly those who testified against them.



Full story here

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   July 2014

Retired Colonel summoned for murder of Jaime Garzón 



Fifteen years after the assassination of the beloved Colombian journalist and political satirist Jaime Garzón the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office summons Colonel Plazas Acevedo to court for his murder.

Full story here

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   July 2014

Oxfam sign statement on World Bank turning its back on rights protections for the poor



Full story here

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July 2014


The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty  



The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) was ratified by the House of Commons on Thursday 10 July 2014. This 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.


Full story here



 

Latest News on Colombia  

 

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July 2014

Colombians ‘vote for peace’ in Presidential elections: In June, Juan Manuel Santos was re-elected as President in the second round of the presidential elections in what has been seen as a ‘vote for peace’.
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June 2014
Colombian Defenders and Survivors of Sexual Violence Attend Global Summit in London

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May 2014

International Week for Victims of Enforced Disappearance 
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March 2014

ABColombia launch report in Spanish: “Colombia: Mujeres, Violencia Sexual en el Conflicto y el Proceso de Paz”. Descargar informe en Español.

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March 2014
Joint Declaration: International organisations request that attention be paid to the case against David Ravelo 
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February 2014
Human rights in Colombia will remain a top-priority for Great Britain after a possible peace agreement is signed, according to Foreign Secretary William Hague.
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February 2014
Colombian flower workers deserve decent working conditions this Valentine’s Day: Across Colombia, approximately 600,000 people directly or indirectly depend on floriculture. This industry is important for jobs and the economy in Colombia, but it can bring with it considerable suffering for those working in the flower industry.
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January 2014

ABColombia release a joint public statement with OIDHACO following an International Court Ruling on the Colombian State's Responsibility in the Forced Displacement of Communities in Cacarica

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December 2013

International Human Rights Day - 10 December 2013: the human rights situation in Colombia continues to be of grave concern. Human rights violations have increased in 2013, as shown by the steady rise in killings of human rights defenders.

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November 2013

ABColombia launch new report: Colombia: Women, Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process

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October 2013

Ethical Pact for Peace: The Women, Peace and Security Collective for Reflection and Action (El Colectivo de Pensamiento y Acción Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad) have come together to create a 15-point Ethical Pact for Peace in Colombia.

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September 2013

UK Launches Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

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September 2013

Two partners awarded National Human Rights prize Father Alejandro Angulo Novoa and founder and director of CCDHM (the Meta Civic Human Rights Committee) Islena Rey, received prestigious international human rights awards.

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September 2013

International Peace Day 21 September

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September 2013

ABColombia sign Joint Declaration: On the third anniversary of the detention of renowned Colombian human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, international organisations express concern.

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September 2013

Palm cultivators sentenced for causing forced displacement in Curvaradó: In July 2013 Luis Fernando Zea Medina and Héctor Duque Echeverry were sentenced to over ten years in jail for the crimes of conspiracy, forced displacement, and the invasion of ecologically important land through the removal of the communities of the collective territory of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó.

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September 2013

Declaration on National and Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: ABColombia partners were among over 100 regional and international organisations who signed a declaration on Business and Human Rights following the Regional Forum for Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in Medellin in August 2013.


 

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