Columbia

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the finding by UNHCR that there were 40 killings of human rights defenders in Colombia in the first nine months of 2014, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in that country.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We are aware of the report by Amnesty International which informs that the UNHCHR has confirmed the murder of at least 40 human rights defenders (HRDs) between January and September 2014. ABColombia’s 2014 report stated that 78 human rights defenders were assassinated in 2013, which suggests a decrease this year, though there are reports that threats against HRDs have increased in the same period. However, we await more comprehensive reports including data covering the whole of 2014.

The UK Government publishes updates on the human rights situation in Colombia every quarter. The most recent report can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/colombia-country-of-concern/colombia-country-of-concern.

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