Defending the Housing Rights of Displaced Persons in Colombia

In 2002, the Government of Colombia received the COHRE Housing Rights Violator Award due to its failure to alleviate the widespread housing rights crisis in the country. From 16 to 22 October 2003, COHRE conducted an intensive fact-finding mission to Colombia, during which COHRE representatives met with a range of non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental organisations and agencies working on human rights and displacement issues throughout Colombia. Shortly before the drafting of this report, COHRE also participated in a two-day national conference in Bogotá, Colombia, on restitution of housing and property to Colombia's internally displaced people (IDPs). The conference, held on 6 and 7 November 2004, was jointly coordinated by COHRE, ILSA (Latin American Institute of Alternative Legal Services) and CND (National Coordination for the Displaced). This report is one outcome of COHRE's longstanding interest in the housing rights situation in Colombia, and presents our research findings.