The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia

The fundamental elements of the Victims and Land Restitution Law must be maintained

Public statement of Oidhaco and the Belgian Coordination for Colombia (CBC) on the bill seeking a reform of the Victims and Land Restitution Law.

In light of the proposed Bill 131 of 2018, which aims to reform Law 1448 of 2011 on Victims and Land Restitution, Oidhaco – the International Office for Human Rights – Action on Colombia, and the Belgian Coordination for Colombia (CBC) express their concern about the possible adoption by the Colombian Congress of regressive measures related to land restitution rights for victims of land-grabbing and forced displacement.

World Refugee Day – We ask the EU to break its silence on the million of Colombian displaced persons and refugees

Colombia is the 7th major source country of refugees in the world (UNHCR) and the country with the highest number of displaced people within its own territory (IDPs).

Today, June 20th, marks World Refugee Day. According to figures, Colombia is the 7th major source country of refugees in the world (UNHCR) and the country with the highest number of displaced people within its own territory (IDPs). In Colombia there are 5.5 million, according to figures from the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (Consultoría para los DDHH y el Desplazamiento – Codhes), and 3.9 million according to figures from the Presidential Agency for Social Action and International Cooperation – Agencia Presidencial para la Acción Social y la Cooperación Internacional – two dramatic numbers. Colombia has been placed ahead of Sudan (5.2 million of IDPs according to the NGO IDCM), Afghanistan and Iraq in numbers of IDPs, but this drama has not been the subject of international alerts or global press coverage.