The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

Publications: Peacebuilding

Peacebuilding

Assessment of the implementation of point 4 of the Peace Agreement- Voluntary substitution of illicit crops/Solution to the illicit Drug Problem

The Peace Agreement has mechanisms aimed at structurally solving the problem of the production and trafficking of narcotics. The aim is to intervene in the different levels of the drug trafficking chain to comprehensively address this phenomenon (Kroc, 2021: 115). The provisions in point 4 of the Agreement are envisioned as long-term programs, requiring strong

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Peacebuilding

Assessment of the implementation of point 2 of the Peace Agreement – Political participation

Point 2 of the Peace Agreement aims to modernize and strengthen democracy through mechanisms and measures that guarantee political participation for sectors that are currently underrepresented. Structural reforms are provided for, including guarantees of citizen participation, political-electoral reform, a reform of participatory and democratic planning, and the Special Transitional Peace Constituencies (Kroc, 2021: 18). The

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New European agenda with Colombia

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 priorities have been redefined, political and financial cooperation for the implementation of the Peace Agreement[1]

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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 conflict, such as the department of Cauca. They call upon the Colombian government to provide

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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 believe that it would lead to greater poverty. Moreover, they are protesting about the mismanagement

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Alert on the fourth anniversary of the Colombian Peace Agreement. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating, and the peace process is not moving forwards.

The 24 November marks four years since the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (The Agreement) was signed in the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. The Agreement seeks to bring an end to the armed conflict which lasted for 52 years and left more than 8

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