(OSRSG-CAAC) – Participants at an event held in Bogota this week called for continued and strengthened collaboration on the prevention of child recruitment and to ensure that all those separated from the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia—Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) receive the best possible services to rebuild their lives. The workshop ““Lecciones aprendidas y buenas prácticas […]

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(NRC) – A year and a half after the historic peace agreement in Colombia was reached, whole communities are still being forcibly displaced because of violence in the country’s north-west. Four community leaders have been murdered, leaving their people in fear and forcing new leaders into hiding. When people or families are forced to flee […]

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(NRC) – Born into an armed conflict, many children and youth in Colombia joined the armed forces or fled their hometowns, foreclosing the possibility of them going to school. Following the peace agreement, both youth and adults in Colombia are now resuming their studies. Several generations in Colombia have been affected by the armed conflict […]

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(Colombia Reports) – Western Colombia looks again to be plunged into the horrors of war as local indigenous leaders denounce a bombing that took place on Tuesday morning leaving two communities stranded. One minor is confirmed to have been injured with unverified reports suggesting that there have been fatalities in the Choco province, which has been ravaged […]

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(Terre des Hommes) – When the Colombian government and Farc rebel group signed a peace deal exactly one year ago today, it was hoped Colombia’s children would not know the violence their parents and grandparents suffered through. Fifty years of conflict between guerrillas, paramilitary forces and the army have had devastating consequences for the country. A […]

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(Thomas Reuters Foundation) – More than 15,000 women and girls suffered sexual violence, including rape, during Colombia’s civil war, with half of crimes involving children, a report said on Friday. It also revealed details of the use of forced prostitution during the war with bar owners turning women and girls into sex slaves for right-wing paramilitary […]

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(SRSG CAAC) – The implementation of the child protection measures included in the Colombian Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC-EP is encouraging and lessons can be drawn from that process said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, following a two-day visit in Colombia where […]

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(European Commission) – Ahead of the Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Christos Stylianides, […]

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(Prime Minister of Canada) – Canada is committed to ensuring that all children are safe from harm and have every opportunity to grow and learn. The Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers represent an important step forward in the international community’s determination to save children from […]

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(United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases) – The Security Council today reiterated its strong condemnation of the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict, as well as their killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence. Issuing presidential statement S/PRST/2017/21 at its debate on children and armed conflict, the Council […]

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