Review of Colombia under the UPR
Thursday, 11 December 2008 01:48


Colombia was reviewed by the UPR Working Group on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2008. The review was characterised by a high attendance, including many civil society representatives from Colombia. While many States congratulated the State for its cooperation with OHCHR and the international community as a whole, many serious issues were raised:


  • General culture of Impunity. A number of states recommended that the Government of Colombia take measures in order to conduct impartial and independent investigation in all cases of abuses of human rights
  • Widespread violence by the State and illegal armed groups. Many States lamented the use of violence perpetrated by members of State forces and illegal groups. They recommended that the Government take measures to stop violence especially with regard to women and children of indigenous communities and to investigate all cases and hold the responsible accountable for their actions
  • Human rights defenders. Many States recommended tjat the Government take action towards the protection of human rights defenders, journalists and trade unionists in light of the reported cases of inflicted intimidations, threats and murders.
  • Enforced Disappearances. A number of States recommended that the Government take further measures to strengthen domestic norms against cases of enforced disappearances and ensure reparation to the families and to rapidly ratify the Convention for the protection of all persons from enforced disappearances
  • Internally displaced persons (IDPs). Numerous States recommended that the Government take further measures to decrease the number of IDPs and in particular take measures to better protect property rights of indigenous communities
  • Antipersonnel mines. Many States recommended that the Government take effective measures to combat the use of antipersonnel mines by illegal groups

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