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.
Security of HRDs English
Colombia: Women, Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process
Giving It Away: The Consequences of an Unsustainable Mining Policy in Colombia
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At the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (27 Feb to 24 March 2017), Johana Rocha from Tierra Digna Centre for Social Justice Studies, Tierra Digna (Colombia), a partner organisation of ABColombia, alongside Michel Forst the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Professor John Knox the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Amanda Kron UN Environmental Programme and Isela González Díaz, Alianza Sierra Madre (Mexico). The discussion was chaired by the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN and hosted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The panel on Environmental Defenders: responding to a global crisis was supported by over 70 organisations represented by ABColombia, Universal Rights Group, International Service for Human Rights, CIDSE, Franciscans International, KOLKO, Oidhaco and PBI.
On 24 February 2017 the National Security Guarantees Commission was inaugurated. This is an important first step in the implementation of the ABColombia welcomes the start of the implement the Peace Accord Chapter on Security Guarantees for human rights defenders, political activists and demobilising FARC Guerrilla.
On 28 January 2017, according to the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace, throughout Colombia over 6,300 members of the FARC started to make their way to the Transitional and Normalisation Zones and Transitory Points by 36 different routes in 14 departments of the country, on one of the largest logistics operations ever seen in Colombia.
Just 10 days before on 18 January 2017, the British Ambassador to Colombia made a very welcome announcement in a press conference, that the UK would add a further 6 million pound sterling contribuition to help support the implementaiton of the Peace Accord.
are pleased to announce a further 6 million contribution to the United
Nations Multi-donor Fund, bringing our total contribution this year to
over 10 million. We trust that this will support the Colombian
Government with preparations for the implementation of the Rapid
Response Strategy for post-conflict and the Global Demining Initiative."
7 February 2017
ABColombia congratulates the Colombian Government and the second largest Guerrilla Group in Colombia the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army-ELN) on the start of the public phase of the Peace Talks in Quito, Ecuador which will provide for a negotiated end to the conflict with the ELN.
In the statement we urge the two parties to declare a bi-lateral ceasefire which will help to generate greater confidence in the process and improve the situation for civilians in rural areas.
We urge the Government to:
-Focus attention on the security situation for human rights defenders
-Implement now point 3.4 of the Peace Accord agreed with the FARC and move forward on dismantling the economic political and military structures of the neo-paramilitary groups
- Extend an official invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on the siutaiton of Human Rihgts Defenders to come to Colombia
The Bishop Hugo Alberto Torres Marin, in a Public Statement published on
3 February 2017 expressed his pain at the abandonment by the Colombian State of
the Urabá and Cordoba regions. They are seeing an unprecedented level of killings of social leaders, scenes of
forced displacement, drug trafficking and youth gangs violence increasing, as well as, the destruction of the ecosystem with the increase of illegal
In the first 25 days of January 2017, 14 human rights defenders were killed in Colombia. One of those was Afro-Colombian human rights defender Emilsen Manyoma and her partner Joe Javier Rodallega.
The local NGO who works with communities in this region, the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace, an ecumenical human rights organisation and partner of ABColombia member Christian Aid, reported that both bodies were severely wounded and that Rodallega’s hands had been tied.
On 7 January 2017, Aldemar was assassinated by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle on the route from El Hatillo to La Loma in broad daylight. He was a community leader and active trade unionist, until recently employed in the mine of Colombian Natural Resources (CNR).
Unfortunately, this murder fits a pattern of violence against civil society and their leaders that we are seeing across Colombia and in the mining region of Cesar where Sr. Aldemar Parra Garcia lived.
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.
On 26 September, 2016 ABColombia launched its latest report on “Self-protection mechanisms: Colombian rural defenders and communities” in Colombia. The Academic Conference was held in Javeriana University and it included the presence of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), Michel Forst. He expressed his concern that, despite the signing of a Peace Accord with the FARC, HRDs are still in great danger:
13 February 2017
UK Support the Implementation of Colombia's Peace Accord
7 February 2017
6 February 2017