What we do
Oidhaco believes that all human rights should be respected, and that the Colombian state has a duty to ensure their effectiveness. In the context of armed conflict, social and political violence and structural inequality that characterise the country, human rights violations are generalised and systematic.
Colombia is rich in biodiversity, natural resources and fertile lands, but it is one of the most unequal countries in the world, in which the humans rights of millions of people go unfulfilled. About 6 million hectares of land have been abandoned and forcibly appropriated from rural communities and ethnic groups, and 8 million people have been affected by forced displacement. Furthermore, forced disappearances; torture; extrajudicial killings; the murder of leaders and human rights defenders; the repression of peaceful social protest; sexual violence; for violations of the rights of women and the LGBT population, the rights of the prison population; impunity and a failure to provide reparations for victims of the armed conflict persist.
Oidhaco carries out advocacy activities aimed at the European Union, member- and other European states and the United Nations system, encouraging them to press the state to respect civil and political rights, end impunity and ensure the economic, social and cultural rights of the population. It also works to encourage them to recognise the organisational processes and efforts of indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant communities to defend their territories as legitimate.
Oidhaco recognises the fundamental role of Colombian civil society in the political, economic and social transformation of Colombia. For this reason it accompanies the efforts of non-governmental human rights organisations and social movements to promote human rights. Oidhaco carries out advocacy activities with the European Union, member- and other European states and the United Nations system, encouraging them to apply pressure so that the Colombian state guarantees that it is possible in Colombia to defend human rights in safety.
In 2020, the International Office for Human Rights – Action Colombia – (Oidhaco) is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary as a European network working for peace and human rights in Colombia. For 25 years, Oidhaco has been carrying out advocacy work
The Oidhaco General Assembly calls for guarantees for peaceful public demonstration in light of the Social and Community March
The Oidhaco General Assembly calls for guarantees for peaceful public demonstration in light of the Social and Community March in South-Western Colombia for the defence of life, territory, democracy and peace (La Minga), set to take place on 10 October
International civil society organisations reject the excessive use of firearms and police abuse in the city of Bogotá that caused the death of 13 persons and 400 injured, 72 of them with firearms, and 3 women sexually harassed The Cooperation