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MADRE Presents on Colombia Before the UN Human Rights Committee
Posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
MADRE's Lisa Davis was in Geneva last week for the UN Human Rights Committee's review of Colombia's human rights record. As part of the review process, MADRE presented a shadow report that we wrote with a coalition of Colombian human rights organizations. The report shows that, contrary to the claims of the Colombian government, Colombia's decades-long conflict and government policies continue to generate grave violations of women's human rights.
The threats to women human rights defenders are so grave that representatives of our sister organizations were unable to attend the hearings for fear of what might happen to them or their families if they dared to speak out before the UN.
The shadow report Lisa presented contains analysis and evidence gathered by the MADRE sister organizations LIMPAL and Taller de Vida, as well as contributions by the Colombian organizations CODHES, Humanas and Women's Link Worldwide.
MADRE was the only organization that briefed the UN Human Rights Committee on violations of women’s human rights and the exploitation of child soldiers in the context of Colombia’s conflict. We were proud to be able to represent the priorities and perpectives of our sister organizations in this way.
We hope to see the conclusions from the shadow report reflected in the Committee's recommendations, as these recommendations would be an important tool for MADRE and our Colombian sister organizations to continue with advocacy work in Colombia. Backed by the international community in this way, human rights defenders and organizations would be better able to demand the implementation of the recommendations to end human rights abuses in their country.