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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

For further publications see here


September 2016


 
    Colombia: Self-protection Mechanisms
    for rural defenders and Communities
    English / Spanish


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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January 2017


ELN Public Phase of Peace Talks to Start


On 18 January 2017 President Santos announced that the public phase of the Peace Talks with the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional - ELN) will begin. The ELN are Colombia's second largest Guerrilla Group.

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December 2016

71 Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia


ABColombia expresses its grave concerns for the safety of human rights defenders in Colombia.  Although the Colombian Government is to be congratulated on achieving a new and revised Peace Accord, they have failed to protect the funadamental right to life of human rights defenders.


Read more here

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December 2016

Humanitarian Crisis in Tumaco


Pastoral Social of the Diocese of Tumaco denounce their concerns for the record number of murders  (132 ) in the Diocese of Tumaco, which occurred between January and November 2016 and call fora full investigation by the State and a quick response by the appropriate State Aurthorities to the humanitarian crisis in Nariño.


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10 December 2016

Human Rights Day


As part of the commemoration of Human Rights Day ABColombia and the International Office on Human Rights - Action Colombia welcome the progress towards peace in Colombia and congratulate President Santos on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. We appreciate his statement that he will share this with all the victims of the armed conflict, thereby recognising the fundamental role they have and will play in building peace.


It is now essential that the Colombian Goverment urgently implement point 3.4 of the Peace Agreement, the creation of the National Commission of Security Guarantees to dismantle the paramilitary structures, who are responsible for the majority of attacks perpetrated against human rights defender. If the safety of human rights defenders is not guaranteed real peace will not be possible.


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December 2016

Revised Peace Accord  

Signed 24 November 2016 and ratified on 1 December 2016.


ABColombia welcomes the ratification by the Colombian Congress of the revised Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People’s Army (FARC). But remains seriously concerned about the escalating levels of violence against human rights defenders with over 70 killed so far in 2016

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December 2016


Legal and ecological strategies to address the human rights and environmental impacts of gold mining in Choco, Colombia


On 11 November 2016, ABColombia and the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of London (ILAS) hosted a conference to explore the challenges and possible solutions to the environmental and social impact of gold mining in Chocó, Colombia. The event was opened by Alistair Dutton, director of the Catholic International Agency Fund (SCIAF), an agency that for many years has supported humanitarian work in this region

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December 2016

Self Protection Mechanisms used by communities

and Human Rights Defenders


On 26 September 2016 ABColombia launched its latest report on “Self-protection mechanisms: Colombian rural defenders and communities” in Bogota in the presence of the UN Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst.


"I am appalled to read the number of HRDs ...killed in Colombia over the past 20 years: 729! And this is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Every defender killed is one too many and constitutes an attack on the human rights of us all" (Michel Forst, UN Special Rapportuer)


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December 2016

81 violent actions against social leaders

since start of bilateral cease-fire


ABColombia joins with the the International Cooperation Space for Peace (ECP) in expressing our grave concern regarding over 81 violent actions perpetrated against social leaders since the bilateral cease-fire declared by the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP on  26 August 2016.

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August 2016

Bishops of Quibdó, Istmina and Apartadó support Choco’s call for Social Justice

On 17 August, 2016 massive protests began demanding social justice for this historically forgotten region of the Colombia. After eight days of civil resistance and two days of negotiation between the central government and the delegates of the Civil Movement for the Dignity of Chocó (Movimiento Cívico por la Dignidad del Chocó) both sides reached a final agreement and the people from Chocó put an end to the civil resistance. ABColombia celebrates the achievements of the Civil Movement for the Dignity of Chocó and the important role played by the Bishop of Quibdó in this negotiation. 

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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


June 2016


    Case study Paquemas -Uraba-Colombia

    May 2016   
    Violent Repression of Social Protest in Colombia 


    May 2016

   First General Arrested and Detained - Extrajudicial Killings 


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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