2016 has come and gone! This past year was full of change and transition, not only for Colombia, but for the FOR Peace Presence team as well. We said goodbye to our former Executive and Assistant Directors, and welcomed new faces. We saw the fruits of more than four years of negotiating between the FARC guerrilla and Colombian government reach a final peace agreement and, unexpectedly, watched as they were rejected in a national referendum. In December, we were reintroduced to another, albeit slightly altered, peace agreement which, bypassing a second referendum, was approved before the Colombian Congress.
In response to the uncertainty which the referendum brought, Colombia became increasingly dangerous for human rights’ defenders. We were able to continue to provide physical and political accompaniment to our partners, who continued to request our support throughout the year. We are proud to continue to keep our operating expenses low; with only USD 147,345 we were able to carry out our programmatic and operational work. We invite you to read the entire 2016 Annual Report here, and thank you for your ongoing support of our work.
Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí.
On March 22, during the general debate following the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the situation of Human Rights in Colombia, Martina Lanza from IFOR delivered a statement that spoke to the experiences of its members in Colombia.
For the English version, click here.
A continuación, le presentamos el vídeo y el texto que leyó Martina Lanza de IFOR el 22 de marzo pasado en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, durante el debate general siguiendo el lanzamiento del Informe Anual del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Colombia.