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Haiti needs a strong COVID-19 response to maintain national stability (19.06.2020)

The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and 19 UN agencies there have been working together to support a country in the throes of a pandemic that could challenge the nation’s delicate balance of stability, security and development, the head of the Mission told the Security Council on Friday.

US monitors urge Colombia to accelerate slowed down peace process (17.06.2020)

Scholars monitoring Colombia’s peace process urged the government of President Ivan Duque to accelerate the country’s peace process that has slowed down under his watch. The Kroc Institute of the US University of Notre Dame has quantified the level of progress of the implementation of a 2016 peace...

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ looms in Haiti, threatening years of progress as COVID-19 takes hold, ECOSOC group says (08.05.2020)

The COVID-19 outbreak could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, endangering many years of hard-won progress in the Caribbean nation, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Friday. In a statement, ECOSOC’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti called for immediate action to address...

ELN ends coronavirus ceasefire weeks ahead of expected peak in infections (30.04.2020)

Despite calls for an extension, Colombia’s ELN rebels end their unilateral ceasefire on Thursday, claiming that military offensives demonstrated President Ivan Duque is not interested in peace or in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

UN committed to a ‘brighter future’ for Haiti, as independent rights experts call for more action on behalf of cholera victims (30.04.2020)

A group of 13 independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the UN chief, António Guterres, to “urgently step up efforts” to fulfill a UN pledge to help victims of a nine-year-long cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed over 10,000 citizens. … The experts said in their joint statement,...

Shots fired, cars burned as Haiti police officers hit streets to demand back pay (28.04.2020)

Dozens of police officers took to the streets of Port-au-Prince Monday to demand the government pay them the money it owes them. The group, who fanned out on motorbikes, pickup trucks, SUVs and on foot, were accompanied by some civilian supporters.

Colombia’s ELN rebels reject peace talk mediators (14.04.2020)

Colombia’s ELN rebels on Tuesday rejected the “peace promoters” authorized by President Ivan Duque to explore ways to resume peace talks.

Security Council hears of ‘epidemic of violence’ against civil society and ex-combatants (14.04.2020)

While political actors in Colombia are uniting to confront COVID-19, they must also work together to fight “the epidemic of violence” against civil society leaders, human rights defenders and former combatants, the head of the UN mission in the country said on Tuesday during a Security Council...

Colombia’s ELN rebels and government take three steps towards peace at once (30.03.2020)

Colombia’s ELN rebels on Sunday announced a ceasefire for April hours after the government of President Ivan Duque authorized two peace mediators.