Colombia

Ongoing armed conflict puts activists at even greater risk

Conditions for indigenous communities, activists and journalists continue to deteriorate in Colombia, especially in conflict areas. Read more

Ongoing armed conflict puts activists at even greater risk

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

With Olarte's death, the number of social and community leaders assassinated in Colombia in the first months of 2017 has now reached 19. Read more

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

Prominent Afro-Colombian human rights defender murdered

A prominent Afro-Colombian human rights activist and her partner were murdered in Buenaventura in January as two newspaper reporters narrowly escaped a murder attempt in the northeastern city of Cúcuta. Read more

Prominent Afro-Colombian human rights defender murdered

Civil society warns new decree could undermine freedom of association

The Colombian Confederation of NGOs (CCONG) warned that the Draft Regulatory Decree proposed by the government would violate the freedom of association.
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Civil society warns new decree could undermine freedom of association

Referendum defeat a blow for media freedoms in Colombia

Before the plebiscite took place human rights organisations criticised a ruling by Colombia's National Electoral Council (CNE) as it restricted freedom of expression and access to information. Read more

Referendum defeat a blow for media freedoms in Colombia

New Police Code undermines right to peaceful protest

New Police Code place new limitations on the right to peaceful protest. Read more

Killing of human rights defenders worsens in 2016

The situation for human rights defenders in Colombia seems to be deteriorating. In the first week of March, five social leaders were assassinated. Minga movement protests have been repressed in recent months and journalists are facing higher risks while reporting, especially in conflict areas. Read more

Effort of Colombia’s civil society in peace negotiations not acknowledged

Carlos A Guevara coordinates the information system for Somos Defensores (We Are Defenders), a non-governmental protection program for human rights defenders in Colombia. He is a journalist, audio-visual producer and social communicator specialising in human rights, armed conflict, public opinion, digital rights, peace building and humanitarian assistance based on the “do no harm” principle. He has extensive experience in supporting, training and consulting with social and human rights organisations in Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico on issues of advocacy, management of public opinion and human rights, communication for protection, risk analysis, self-protection and management of communications in crisis situations. Read more