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Colombia: Property restitution in sight but integration still distant (December 2011)

Colombia’s government, led since 2010 by President Juan Manuel Santos, has changed its discourse in favour of those who have suffered human rights violations due the conflict and violence within the country.

29 December 2011 | Country Profile

IDMC

Colombia: Property restitution in sight but integration still distant (September 2011)

Threats, assassinations, massacres, forced recruitment, and forced disappearances perpetrated by numerous illegal armed groups, and armed confrontations between these groups and government forces, continue to force Colombians to flee their homes, mostly from rural areas.

05 September 2011 | Country Profile

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Colombia: New displacement continues, response still ineffective

The protracted internal armed conflict in Colombia had to May 2009 displaced almost 3.1 million people according to the government, and over 4.6 million people according to a reliable non-governmental source. Nevertheless, under-registration in the government’s system remains pervasive.

03 July 2009 | Country Profile

IDMC

Colombia: Rate of new displacement highest in two decades

The protracted internal armed conflict in Colombia had by June 2008 displaced 2,649,139 people according to the government, and 4,361,355 people according to a reliable non-governmental source. An alarming trend of rising internal displacement has been registered since 2006, and the highest rate of displacement in 23 years was recorded in the first semester of 2008.

17 October 2008 | Country Profile

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Resisting displacement by combatants and developers: Humanitarian Zones in north-west Colombia

In the north-western department of Chocó, near Colombia’s border with Panama, forcibly displaced people have established “Humanitarian Zones” in a bid to hang on to their land and livelihoods. These zones are occupied by groups who have joined together to remain on or near the collective land which they were forced to leave as a result of a major military campaign in 1996.

05 November 2007 | Country Profile

IDMC

Colombia: Government "peace process" cements injustice for IDPs

Forced displacement in Colombia is primarily a way to seize agricultural land from peasants and small farmers, and only to a lesser degree the unintended consequence of fighting between warring parties. Much of the violence is deliberately aimed at civilians to dislodge them from their homes and lands. It is a struggle that has been going on for centuries, but now involves national and international commercial interests, part of an internal war pitting the government and paramilitary forces against two guerrilla groups and a related war on drugs.

30 June 2006 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia

Displacement has been an endemic feature of the 40-year-long conflict in Colombia, and over three million Colombians have been internally displaced since 1985. The Colombian internal displacement crisis is the world’s worst after Sudan, disproportionately affecting Afro-Colombians and indigenous people, who are among the country’s poorest.

27 May 2005 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia

Displacement has been an endemic feature of the 40-year long conflict in Colombia, and over three million Colombians have been displaced since 1985. The IDP crisis has become one of the world's worst, disproportionately affecting Afro-Colombians and indigenous people, who make up some of the country’s poorest people.

04 February 2004 | Country Profile

IDMC

Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia

The number of internally displaced people in Colombia has soared, and their plight has worsened as the new government pursues military solutions to the country's conflict, allowing armed groups to deliberately displace civilians. The IDP crisis was already one of the world's worst, disproportionately affecting Colombia's black and indigenous populations, hitting border areas and cities like never before.

14 May 2003 | Country Profile

IDMC

Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia

The displacement of populations in Colombia has been an endemic feature of the country's almost 40-year long civil war. The deep-seeded and complex conflict pits varying armed groups against one another – each with different interes ts and different affiliations. Although the armed factions have changed and transformed over the years, they are commonly described in one of three categories: armed insurgents, paramilitary groups, and official military and police.

14 June 2002 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia (July 2001)

Most national and international agencies rate Colombia among the countries with the largest internally displaced population in the world. According to local NGO sources, as of July 2001, over 2 million people had been displaced as a result of violence since 1985, with 317,000 persons displaced in 2000, and 92,000 persons displaced the first quarter of 2001.

19 July 2001 | Country Profile

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Profile of Internal Displacement: Colombia (February 2001)

Most national and international agencies now rate Colombia among the countries with the largest internally displaced population in the world. According to local NGO sources as of 8 August, almost 2 million persons have been displaced as a result of violence since 1985, with 288,000 persons displaced in 1999 alone.

27 February 2001 | Country Profile

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Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia

Most national and international agencies now rate Colombia among the countries with the largest internally displaced population in the world. According to local NGO estimates as of September 1999, about 1,5 million persons have been displaced as a result of violence since 1985, with 308,000 persons displaced in 1998 alone.

01 December 1999 | Country Profile

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