MONTHLY UPDATE - JULY 2014
17.07’14: Social – Funding to save Colombian children from sexual violence
Work to protect children at risk of sexual violence from armed guerrillas, criminal gangs and other abusers in Colombia has been given £493,573 in support from the Big Lottery Fund.
Children of the Andes is one of nine UK-based organisations sharing £4.2 million in a new round of awards from the Fund’s International Communities programme.
The project in Cali will help victims of sexual violence from armed groups as part of a broader aim of tackling the widespread but hidden sexual abuse in Colombia of children and young women by members of their own community - usually much older men. Many of the children will be particularly vulnerable for reasons of disability, HIV and AIDS, living in care, poverty or social exclusion.
21.07’14: Community – Colombian congressmen show solidarity with Gaza
New members of Colombia’s Congress stood in solidarity with Palestinians Sunday, using their inauguration as an opportunity to draw attention to the plight of Palestinian citizens caught in the midst of ongoing military hostilities, Colombian media reported on Sunday.
Representatives of the leftist Democratic Pole (Polo Democratico) party showed their support by holding up signs that showed the Colombian and Palestinian flags together.
22.07’14: Diplomacy – Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia?
Report-back on a research visit to Bogota: the answer is “no, not yet”
On July 14-16, WOLA staff held twenty meetings in Bogota with embassies, Colombian government officials, legislators, international organizations, and experts.
On July 17-19, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez traveled to Cali to meet with human rights defenders, representatives of ethnic minorities, and trade unionists, and to visit U.S. - funded economic opportunity programs for Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities.
29.07’14: Politics – Colombia : EPL guerrilla group wants to join peace talks
The People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (EPL) announced its interest in joining the ongoing peace conversations between the government and two other guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), local media reported on July 25.
In an open letter to the Colombian government titled “Clamor for Peace”, the EPL, which is Colombia’s third largest insurgent group, also asked President Juan Manuel Santos to declare a bilateral cease fire.
15.07’14 Issue - Colombia: Cluster Response – Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 16 June 2014)
The long-running armed conflict in Colombia continues to cause forced displacement, landmine contamination, sexual violence and the recruitment of children and adolescents by non-state armed groups. Colombia's propensity for natural disasters combines with armed violence events to create double vulnerability for much of the population.
Colombia continues to be among the most affected countries by forced displacement in the world. Between January 2013 and June 2014, 194,100 IDPs were officially registered by UARIV. This means that while negotiations continued with the FARC-EP in Havana, each month another 10,700 were displaced on average.
Feature: 17.07’14 Opinion - Colombia’s image problem: Moving forward?
Colombia is leaving behind its painful history of drug trafficking.