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General Sites / U.S. Policy Toward Colombia
Peace and Security
Drug Policy
Human Rights
  • Human Rights Watch Colombia page (English | Spanish): extensive research on Colombia's human rights crisis
  • Amnesty International U.S.A. Colombia page: research, alerts and position statements
  • "Colombia Human Rights Certification III": a very thorough accounting of reasons why Colombia fails to meet human rights standards in U.S. aid law, from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Washington Office on Latin America, February 5, 2002 [Adobe Acrobat [.pdf] document from Amnesty Intl. site]
  • [Español] Noche y Niebla: database of human rights violations in Colombia's conflict, maintained by non-governmental organizations CINEP and Justicia y Paz
  • [Español] Colombia Field Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: website of the important human rights presence that the UN has maintained in Colombia since 1997
    • 2003 report
    • 2002 report
    • [Español] Letter to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, August 26, 2002
    • [Español] Report on the office's May 9-12, 2002 observation mission in the Medio Atrato region of Chocó department
    • 2001 report [Spanish draft, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format]
    • 2000 report [English | Español]
      (Colombian government response, posted by Nizkor [Español])
    • 1999 report [English | Español]
    • 1997 report [Español]
  • U.S. State Department Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997: annual reports required by Sections 116 and 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
  • [Español] Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos: a coalition of about 100 Colombian human rights groups
  • Justice for Colombia: a coalition of British organizations working in support of basic human rights and the struggle for peace with social justice
  • El Embrujo Autoritario: reports voicing strong criticism of the Uribe government's policies, from a coalition of analysts and organizations
  • [Español] MINGA - Asociación para la Promoción Social Alternativa: respected Colombian human rights organization that performs education, research and legal assistance
  • [Español] Corporación Unidades Democráticas para el Desarrollo (CEUDES): Colombian organization that emerged from 1990-1991 peace processes and works "to promote the rule of law and participative democracy"
  • [Español] Colombian Commission of Jurists: research from one of Colombia's most respected and frequently cited human rights groups
    • "Colombia: En Contravía de las Recomendaciones Internacionales Sobre Derechos Humanos," 15 de octubre de 2004 [Español]
    • "Alerta Frente a las Cifras Gubernamentales Sobre Derechos Humanos en Colombia," 9 de julio de 2003 [Español]
    • Press release: "Preocupaciones y compromisos en difícil reunión con ONG," 13 de junio de 2003 [Español]
    • "Esta Guerra No Se Gana a Bala," por Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, 4 de septiembre de 2002 [Español, formato Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)]
    • Panorama de violaciones a los derechos humanos y al derecho humanitario en Colombia, abril a septiembre del 2000 [Español]
  • Galería de la Memoria, Fundación Manuel Cepeda Vargas: well-designed slide show providing an excellent overview of Colombia's recent history, complicated conflict and human rights crisis [English | Español]
  • Corporación Regional para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CREDHOS): non-governmental human rights organization very active in Colombia's Magdalena Medio region
  • Inter-American Human Rights Commission: human rights oversight body of the Organization of American States
  • U.S. Labor Education in the Americas Program Colombia - Violence Against Workers: An overview and organizing packet on the crisis of labor activists in Colombia
  • Nizkor human rights Colombia page: extensive collection of documents from Spanish human rights group [English | Español]
  • Peace Brigades International Colombia Project: site of an organization that maintains international observer and accompaniment teams in areas of conflict; includes a twice-monthly information packet
  • Global IDP database - Colombia: a very thorough treatment of the crisis of forced displacement in Colombia
  • [Español] Programa Presidencial de los Derechos Humanos y el DIH: human rights-related information from the Colombian vice-president's office
  • [Español] Ministry of Defense of Colombia: reports on human rights from Colombia's military
  • Colombian Labor Monitor: news, analysis and links with a focus on human rights violations against Colombian workers
  • International Labor Rights Fund: information about the group's lawsuits against Coca-Cola for alleged abuses in Colombia, and against Dyncorp for fumigation damages
  • The Front Lines - Stories from the war against labor unionists in Colombia: first-hand accounts from threatened Colombian labor leaders, from the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Committee to Protect Journalists Americas Program: includes numerous updates on attacks against the press in Colombia
    • Bad Press: Colombia's mortal threat to journalism, by Frank Smyth, September 2001 [English (.html / .pdf) | Español (.html / .pdf)]
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees Colombia page: information about Colombia's massive crisis of forced displacement
  • [Español] Humanidad Vigente: human-rights group based in Arauca department
    • [Spanish, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] Con Arauca newsletter, April 2004
  • [Español] El ACNUR en Colombia: a page about the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' mission in Colombia
  • [Español] Observatorio Internacional por la Paz (OIPAZ): a coalition of Ecuadorian groups promoting peace and human rights in the region bordering Colombia
  • Mennonite Central Committee - Uprooted in Colombia: a photo gallery of internal displacement in Colombia
  • [Español] Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos (ASFADDES): site of Colombia's main organization of relatives of forcibly disappeared persons
  • [Español] Fundación País Libre: organization dedicated to stopping the practice of kidnapping in Colombia
  • [Español] Red de Solidaridad Social: the Colombian government's agency for aiding victims of forced internal displacement
  • Brookings Institution-CUNY Graduate Center Project on Internal Displacement: includes several articles and other information on Colombia's internal displacement crisis
  • [Español] Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos (ILSA): Colombian organization that promotes a network of grass-roots alternative legal services in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP): influential human rights and human development organization founded by the Jesuits in 1962 [English | Español]
  • International Labor Organization: oversees labor rights worldwide
    • Report of the Special Representative of the Director-General for Cooperation with Colombia, November 2000 [Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format] [Addendum]
  • Project Underground - The U'wa Struggle for Land, Culture, and Survival: information about the U'wa people of northeastern Colombia and their opposition to a project of California-based Occidental Petroleum
  • Catholic Relief Services - Colombia: works with the Colombian Catholic Church and other partners, to bring about a peaceful solution to the conflict
  • [Español] Instituto de Derechos Humanos "Guillermo Cano": human rights institute within the Colombian government's school of public administration (ESAP)
  • National Security bill: links related to controversial law passed by Colombia's Congress in mid-2001
    • [Español] Text of bill
    • Colombian government briefing document, July 23, 2001
    • [Español] Critique by several Colombian human rights NGOs
    • Letter from Reps. William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) and Sam Farr (D-California), May 17, 2001
  • [Español] UNICEF Colombia: site of the Unted Nations Children's Fund in Colombia
  • [Español] Desplazados Project Colombia: a resource for understanding the crisis of forced displacement
  • Diálogo Inter Agencial en Colombia: a resource on forced displacement from a consortium of donor agencies [English | Español]
  • [Español] Centro de Información sobre el Desarrollo de la Democracia en Colombia (CIDEC): A Bogotá-based human rights organization focusing on violations by guerrilla groups
  • [Español] Éxodo: bulletin about internal displacement in Colombia, from the Grupo de Apoyo a los Desplazados (GAD)
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