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Vacancy open at our Colombia Office: Program Officer (Land and environmental rights) - Full Time

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) has expanded its work in Colombia in 2020 through the establishment of a local office in Bogota. The office is responsible for all funding in Colombia and will operate independently while remaining an extension of and accountable to the NHRF and its mandate. The NHRF is looking for a highly-skilled, proactive, and flexible Programme Officer, with expertise preferably in land and environmental rights or gender, to join our new dynamic country office team based in Bogota.

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Vacancy open at our Colombia Office: Senior Communications Officer - Full Time

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) has expanded its work in Colombia in 2020 through the establishment of a local office in Bogota. The office is responsible for all funding in Colombia and will operate independently while remaining an extension of and accountable to the NHRF and its mandate. The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is looking for a communications professional to join our new country office team based in Bogota and that will report to the Colombia Country Director, but the person will be instrumental in giving input to the NHRF overall communication work and will also work with team members at the Head Office in Oslo to advance this work.

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Our work in Colombia

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is glad to announce that our office in Colombia is up and running! The NHRF has been increasing its support to civil society organizations in Colombia through a new agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá. In the spring of 2020, the NHRF Colombia Office opened, which has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building.

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Work against impunity and for access to justice

The NHRF prioritizes work aimed at ensuring full and equal access to justice, recognizing justice as the key component to combating impunity. Read more about our work against impunity and for access to justice in the year that passed here.

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A call-out for action: COVID-19 pandemic leaves HRDs in Colombia at higher risk

In Colombia, the coronavirus pandemic coincided with several attacks and murders of social leaders and human rights defenders. The civil society is worried about the situation, and has called for a ceasefire. Monday morning it was announced that the National Liberation Army (ELN) has declared a ceasefire between 1st and 30th April.

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The situation of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his report on the human rights situation in Colombia to the Human Rights Council (UNHRC). While civil society organizations in the country and globally support the report, it faced strong resistance from the Colombian government.

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