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OHCHR in Colombia (2006-2007)


OHCHR's office in Colombia was established in 1996 through an agreement signed by the Government of Colombia and the United Nations. Within the framework of that agreement, the Office continues to observe the human rights situation in the country and adherence to international humanitarian law; advises State and Government authorities and institutions on how to ensure compatibility with international instruments; advises representatives of civil society; provides technical cooperation and assistance to State and Government authorities and institutions and to representatives of civil society in strengthening the national capacity to protect human rights; and promotes and disseminates human rights and international humanitarian law. Work is conducted from the office in Bogotá and from subregional offices in Bucaramanga, Cali and Medellín. In the last years, the Office's work has focused on assisting national actors in implementing the 27 recommendations made by the High Commissioner in her annual reports on Colombia since 2003 and in supporting renewed efforts, at the national and international level, to find viable resolutions to the longstanding conflict in the country.

2006-2007 Programme

OHCHR Colombia will continue to make observation missions, especially to conflict areas, to interview local and departmental civil and military authorities and civil society organizations . In addition, it will continue to manage the reception of human rights complaints, as well as the categorization, analysis, and follow-up to cases of human rights violations through the office's database. Analytic reports with thematic and/or geographic focus will be elaborated. OHCHR Colombia will disseminate information about its mandate through its web page, publications, the press and other mass media, and will conduct training sessions in human rights for media editors, journalists, and journalism students. The Office will identify technical cooperation projects that support the implementation of the recommendations of the High Commissioner. In this regard, it will execute, monitor and evaluate, with a gender perspective, the on-going projects aiming at strengthening, among others , the Office of the Attorney-General, the Ombudsman's Office, the Office of the Procurator-General, the National Institute of Prisons and local municipalities . It will train Government officials and representatives of civil society on human rights and international humanitarian law and will assist in the design of the National Plan of Action for human rights . The Office will encourage permanent dialogue between State institutions and organizations of civil society The United Nations system in Colombia will also benefit from capacity building by OHCHR Colombia. The Office will implement the Secretary-General's Action 2 Initiative to strengthen human rights in the UN system through the thematic group on human rights; workshops for UN staff members in human rights, international humanitarian law and the human rights based approach to programming; and the dissemination of methodological tools and products for human rights mainstreaming. These activities will be conducted in the context of the up-coming Common Country Assessment (CCA) and UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process and in the work of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and Millennium Development Goals. The Office will also encourage the Government to follow-up on the open invitation it extended to all special procedures and provide information and support to the special procedures and other mechanisms of the United Nations human rights programme.

Expected Accomplishments

Enhanced knowledge by state institutions and civil society organizations of the human rights and international humanitarian law issues in the country. Increased awareness of human rights issues by the population, as well as of their implications for sustainable development. Strengthened capacity of State institutions to fulfill their obligations and of rights-holders to demand their rights and prevent human rights violations and infractions of international humanitarian law. Integration of a human rights and international humanitarian law perspective in the elaboration of the United Nations agencies and the United Nations Country Team development and humanitarian policies, programmes, and projects.

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 917 92 48


Head of the Office
Tel. (571) 658 3300
Direct: (571) 658 3317
Bogotá, Colombia

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