Colombia: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic (a) assistance and (b) support the Government has provided to the Government of Colombia to (a) tackle sexual violence being used by armed actors against the population in Chocó and (b) comply with the safeguards and commitments set out in the Ethnic Chapter in the Peace Accord.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

In Choco, programmes supported by our Embassy in Bogota have supported female human rights defenders to gain access to justice and women's rights. More widely in Colombia, for FY 2018/19 the Embassy has allocated over £400k from the Global Britain Fund to support the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in Colombia.

The UK supports the Ethnic Chapter of the peace deal, funding the creation – via the UN trust fund – of a body to monitor oversight of implementation of this specific chapter.

The UK has also financed a project implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to create regional groups from ethnic communities to design specific indicators that will help assess the implementation of this specific chapter.

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