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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


     Alimentando el Conflicto en Colombia: El Impacto de la Minería de Oro en Chocó  

Spanish


 

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  



April 2016


Victims and expert organisations 'proposals and recommendations' on enforced disappeared


On 15 March 2016 victims and expert organisations submitted their 'proposal and recommendations' report on enforced disappeared in Havana. This document has been put together by the working Table for Forced Disappearances (Mesa de Trabajo sobre Desapariciones Forzadas) of the Coordination Colombia Europe United States (Coordinación Colombia Europa Estados Unidos).



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    March 2016

Official start of Peace Talks with the ELN



On Wednesday 30 March 2016 the Colombian Government announced the start of the Public Phase of the Official Peace Talks with the ELN.

‘This is good news ABColombia has stressed the need for Peace Talks to officially begin with the ELN. We would now urge both parties to declare a bi-lateral  ceasefire in order that the situation for ordinary people in Colombia is  improved whilst the parties are negotiating.’

Louise Winstanley ABColombia Programme and Advocacy Manager

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March 2016


7 Human Rights Defenders Killed in two weeks


The situation for the security of Colombian human rights defenders is becoming alarming with 7 defenders killed in the last two weeks (26 February to 7 March 2016). This is in addition to 287 human rights defenders that were killed between July 2012 (one month before the start of negotiations was announced) and December 2015. According to the programme Somos Defensores 63 defenders were killed in 2015.

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March 2016


Celebrating the work of Women Human Rights Defenders

Former Judge Maria Stella Jara 


This is an example of how judges can be victimised because of their judicial decisions. During the trial of coronel Alfonso Plazas Vega, Judge Jara experienced constant threats against her life, intimidation and harassment. As the time for the decision grew closer threats started to be directed at the life of her son.


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Februrary 2016


Colombia's Constitutional Court decides on Military Justice System reform



On Wednesday 24 February 2016 the Colombian Constitutional Court decided that when investigating and prosecuting cases concerning gross human rights violations carried out by state security forces, provisions of both International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law must be applied.


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February 2016


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



More than 40 victims and human rights organisations issued a statement on 21 January to urge the Colombian government to implement the humanitarian measures included in an agreement on the disappeared in consultation with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).


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February 2016


Situation of Colombian Human Rights Defenders continues to be deadly serious


The lawyers office of the Centre for the Studies for Social Justice - Tierra Digna was broken into on 19 January 2016 and sensitive information pertaining to human rights cases stolen.  Notably this was the only item stolen despite the robbers having access to the rest of the office.



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Latest News on Colombia  
 

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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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December 2015

Colombian Government and FARC reach unprecedented agreement for the search of the Disappeared

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November 2015

ABColombia Report launch: Fuelling the Conflict in Colombia

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November 2015

ABColombia signs letter calling for greater commitment to conflict de-escalation 

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November 2015

Report on Palm Oil, Land Rights and Conflict in Colombia

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November 2015
Three Colombian human rights defenders killed in 5 days

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October 2015

15 years of UN Resolution 1325: Women's role in peace-building still undervalued
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October 2015

Joint Statement on theft of Information of the CCEEU Coordination

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October 2015

Joint Statement on Persecution of the indigenous movement of Northern Cauca and delegitimisation of special indigenous jurisdiction

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September 2015

ABColombia Statement on the Protection of Zenú Peoples 

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September 2015

ABColombia Statement on historic Transitional Justice Agreement

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September 2015
International organisations express their concern on fifth anniversary of David Ravelo Crespo,  prominent Colombian human rights defender

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September 2015

Military Justice: Amicus Curiae submitted to Constitutional Court

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September 2015

Human Rights Defenders Honoured in National Prize
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September 2015

Gender Submission to the Review of the UK National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

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August 2015
Attacks against Human Rights Defenders surge in 2015

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July 2015

National and international outcry at the mass arrests of University Student Leaders and Human Rights Defenders allegedly in connection with the Bogota bombings

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