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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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Forthcoming events

Save the date: 11 November 16


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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September 2016

Conferencia

 

Michel Forst Relator Especial de la ONU

Sobre la Situación de los/las Defensores/as de Derechos Humanos


¿En Conflicto y Posconflicto: Cuáles son los Mecanismos de auto-protección más efectivos para defensores y comunidades en zonas rurales?

 

Click here to down load English Report

Informe en Español aca: ABC-Self_protection_report


Lunes 26 de Septiembre 2016 de 8 de la mañana a 12 del día
Auditorio Alfonso Quintana, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

mas informacion aca: Evento_26_septiembre.pdf

 

24 August 2016

Peace Accord Signed


On 24 August 2016, the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC-EP) jointly announced the signing of the Peace Accord. It is our hope that the implementation of this agreement will be the start of a peace-building process that bring an end to the internal armed conflict which has caused so much suffering for more than 8 million victims.


 

"I commend the parties for their persistence in overcoming the difficulties that have arisen and their determination to reach a mutual understanding. In this new phase of Colombian history if peace is to be sustained it is essential to establish a foundation of a sincere respect for human rights." Louise Winstanley, ABColombia Manager


 

ABColombia on this important day wishes to remember the victims of the armed conflict, the civilian population who has borne the brunt of the conflict.


 

ABColombia pays tribute to Colombian Civil Society Organisations who have worked tirelessly to protect rights, and to human rights defenders, many of whom have been killed due to their work in the defence of the rights of others.


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August 2016

Timeline for the referendum,laying down of arms and

converting into law the Peace Accord



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August 2016

Details on the implementation of the

Bilateral Ceasefire and Laying Down of Arms


The Colombian Government and the and the FARC-EP Guerrilla Groups issued Public Statement No: 83 on 5 August 2016 giving the detail of the protocols and annexes which expand on the the agreement made on the Bilateral and Definitive Cease of Fire and Abandonment of Weapons announced on 23 June 2016.

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July 2016

UK Human Rights Report  update

July 2016

The UK Government produces an annual report on human right along with a six month update on priority countries for the UK in terms of their human rights record. This update covers January to June and was published on 21 July 2016.

read more here

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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.

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July 2016

Agreement to dismantle military, economic and political  paramilitary 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 aimed at achieving this.

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June 2016

Case Study: Paquemás - Uraba - 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 of communities. The Constitutional Court ruling had an inter comunis effects, protections extend to populations in a similar situations, not only the plaintiffs.

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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.

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June 2016

British Ambassador calls for a Halt

to the Killing of Human Rihgts Defenders in Colombia


On 4 June 2016 eight Ambassadors to Colombia issued a heartfelt call to stop the killing Colombian human Rights Defenders. Peter Tibber, UK Ambassador to Colombia was amongst this group, which included the ambassadors from Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the USA.

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May 2016

Violent repression of social protest in Colombia


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.

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Latest News on Colombia  

August 2016

Signing of the Final Peace Accord 24 September 2016


August 2016

Timeline for surrender of weapons and referendum


August 2016

Details on the implementation of the Bilateral Ceasefire and Laying Down of Arms


July 2016
UK Human Rights Report  update July 2016


July 2016
Ethnic Commission's Agenda


July 2016
Agreement to dismantle military, economic and political  paramilitary structures


June 2016
Paquemás visit the UK


June 2016
Historic moment for the Peace Talks


June 2016
Important Victory for ABColombia Partner: Tierra Digna


June 2016
Security for Human Rights Defenders and Communities


June 2016
British Ambassador calls for a Halt to the Killing of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia


May 2016 

First General Arrested and Detained for Extrajudicial Killings  Falsos Positivos


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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