The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

Trade – Business and Human Rights

The European Parliament must fulfill its promise to ‘use’ the FTA to demand improvements in human rights in Colombia

Press release on the hearing at the European Parliament on EU-Colombia Trade Agreement and Human Rights situation. oday the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights has organised a hearing on the Situation of Human Rights in Colombia and the Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Oidhaco welcomes this initiative because the process of ratification of the FTA

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Extractive industries, natural resources and human rights in Colombia

Summary of the multiple links between mining industry activities and human rights violations in Colombia. Joint document by the Colombian Platform for Human Rights, Democracy and Development and Oidhaco. In recent years, there has been an intense debate in Colombia about the role of mining in the national development process. The country is experiencing a

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Development and responsible business practices – extractive industries in developing countries

Intervention by Sergio Coronado at the Development Committee of the European Parliament on the impacts of large-scale mining in Colombia, mainly in relation to human rights, poverty and environmental rights. On September 17, 2013 the Development Committee of the European Parliament hold a hearing entitled “Promoting development through responsible business practices, including the role of

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Mining in Colombia: Basics to overcome the extractive model

80% of the human rights violations occurring in Colombia, are taking place in the mining and oil municipalities. Main conclusions of the report; some reactions after its publication; and recommendations by Oidhaco. In May 2013, the Colombian Comptroller General (Contraloría General de la República) published a report entitled “Mining in Colombia: Basics to overcome the

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Human Rights

Who is the new European development cooperation policy benefiting?

Lack of transparency and doubts on the real impacts and benefits of cooperation aid through the private sector are some of the issues that have been discussed today during a conference at the European Parliament. Brussels, 21st March 2013. The civil society networks: ALOP, APRODEV, CIDSE, CIFCA, COUNTER BALANCE, EURODAD, GRUPO SUR and OIDHACO, together

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Civil Society in Brussels pronounce themselves in view of the First Summit between the EU and Latin America and the Carribean States.

“The networks in Brussels reiterate their call for a change of direction towards an equitable integration of peoples, and the emergence of a global financial architecture that protects the rights of citizens” Brussels, 28 January 2013. The Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), the European Union

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Land in Colombia – Between usurpation and trade

Document of analysis in which the current situation of land, a central issue within the conflict, is described. It presents issues such as land concentration; land restitution policy; and current policy on development and trade. Colombia is a country with a high level of land concentration, which is under-used for agricultural purposes. This concentration is due

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