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.
The socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have deepened pre-existing global inequalities and increased pressure on people in vulnerable situations. This has had a particular impact on human rights and democracy cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Colombia. Although
Members of the EU Parliament send out a letter to Colombian President acknowledging the work done by the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) and condemning the repression in the context of the National Strike
36 MEPs, of different nationalities and political groups, addressed their concern about the current risks for defenders of the rights of indigenous peoples, afrodescendant communities, small-scale farmers, students, young people and women, especially in regions historically affected by the internal armed
The OIDHACO General Assembly requests guarantees for protesters during the National Strike in Colombia and sends alert regarding alleged use of excessive force by the state security forces.
On 28 April, a National Strike began in more than 500 municipalities in Colombia. Convened by the National Strike Committee, this protest brings together several sectors of the population. The protesters are criticizing the government’s tax reform bill, as they