Human rights in Colombia ‘facing huge challenges’ amid peace process: UN

Human rights in Colombia face enormous challenges, especially in rural areas, while the country is undergoing a peace process, the United Nations concluded in its annual report on human rights in the South American country.

While the report praised the end of the state’s 52-year war with Marxist FARC rebels last November, it highlighted that the peace agreement needs to be implemented diligently, in order to overcome structural human rights challenges.

Violence linked to drug trafficking and illegal mining, attacks on human rights defenders, corruption and the ongoing disparities in economic, social and cultural rights were the primary issues threatening peace and human rights, according to the UN.

The report expressed concerns over the increased risk of violence in the areas previously held by the FARC. Prevailing poverty, marginalization and…