We are delighted to introduce the three new volunteers who have just joined the project in PBI Colombia. They have arrived from France, Italy and Scotland with masses of energy and enthusiasm to accompany organisations and individual human rights defenders. They began their training in Bogota and have now been incorporated into the field teams. Here they tell us of their first impressions, their dreams and motivations. Welcome and good luck to the three of you!
General Rito Alejo del Rio was released on 27 September, under the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP). Alejo del Rio, known as the ‘Pacifier’ of Uraba, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for one of the horrific murders carried out by paramilitaries during their violent takeover of Uraba in Choco in 1997. Continue reading Victims speak about the release of General Rito Alejo del Rio
Perhaps you have wondered what it is like to be a field volunteer in Colombia. Continue reading A day in the life of a brigadista
The Second United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia started operations on 26 September. PBI talked about it to the Chief of Staff of the UN Mission, Raul Rosende. Raul Rosende is Uruguayan and has led humanitarian and peacekeeping missions in Yemen, Syria and Jerusalem. During the first Mission he was in charge of verifying the ceasefire, cessation of hostilities and disarmament, agreed as part of the Final Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC. Continue reading “Building trust is fundamental”, says UN Mission Chief of Staff
The United Nations Second Verification Mission in Colombia starts operating today, 26 September. Several reports in July and August warned of how shifts in regional power structures, armed groups and economies have resulted in threats, murders and forced displacement in different parts of the country; these incidents have exposed the risks that overshadow the Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC. Continue reading Threats and attacks overshadow the second mandate of the UN Verification Mission which starts today