Between hope and disappointment: a summary of 2018

Two years since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla, the long process has begun towards the agreement’s implementation. Continue reading Between hope and disappointment: a summary of 2018

The voice that will carry the concerns of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

The morning of the 26th November was particularly emotional for the Peace Community and all of its members: it marked the visit of Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, to their main setllement of La Holandita in San José de Apartadó. Continue reading The voice that will carry the concerns of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

“Human rights will always be disputed”: Olga Araújo

Olga Araújo is a leader and human rights defender, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Social Research and Action (Asociación para la Investigación y Acción Social NOMADESC), a human rights organisation dedicated to providing advice and support to social, trade union, civic, women’s, indigenous, afro-Colombian and small-scale farming organisations. Continue reading “Human rights will always be disputed”: Olga Araújo

PBI organises international event on human rights defenders

Every year, leaders, human rights defenders, defenders of land and community rise up and struggle for their rights to be respected, including the rights to life, water, sustainable land use, for the protection of natural resources, and for the defence of their dignity, and because of this work they are targets of threats, attacks and even murder. Continue reading PBI organises international event on human rights defenders

Raising awareness and reporting human rights violations: Padre Javier Giraldo

For Father Javier Giraldo “being a human rights defender means pushing society towards greater justice and less social inequality. Colombia is such a violent, terrifying country that being a defender means defending life. It is this essential right to survive that we defend”. Continue reading Raising awareness and reporting human rights violations: Padre Javier Giraldo

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