i) Non-governmental organizations and community organizations
In view of the amplitude of the process of comprehensive assistance and reparation to victims that is promoted by the national Government, NGOs and community organizations offer invaluable support for ensuring broadened coverage and multidisciplinary care for victims and for repairing the social fabric.
Linkages and agreements between government bodies and NGOs and community organizations covering various areas of assistance, inter alia medical, social, trade-union, cultural, care and justice matters, have enabled the victims to embark on the process of reparation with the help of relevant entities institutionally endorsed by the State and related organizations.
Such entities include in particular the following:
Further information of the National Reparation and Reconciliation Commission is available at http:/www.ccnco.org/
In that connection, the Christian Church has been active in peace-building through various initiatives, for instance a project promoted by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Colombia. Under that initiative, work with young persons has begun in the area of assistance to victims and of post-conflict matters. In order to further that pursuit, the YMCA organized a meeting on "Recovering the voice of youth in post-conflict Colombia", which sought to highlight the opinions, feelings and plans of young persons who had been victims of the conflict but currently face a changing context and must consider the course that their lives and communities should take.
To that end, various relevant social and educational institutions and organizations have been mobilized, managing to assemble 300 young victims of conflict in Colombia. Those persons met with members of the High Council on Victims' Rights, Peace and Reconciliation, the Director of Transitional Justice of the Ministry of Justice and Law, and staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, among others bodies using the outcome of the event to formulate public policies on assistance to victims and post-conflict matters.
Further information with respect to the action of YMCA in Colombia and the above meeting is available athttp:/www.ymcabogota.org/
(ii) International and/or regional organizations
The Unit for Comprehensive Victim Support and Reparation cooperates with significant partners to strengthen its activities and ensure efficiency and high quality in providing assistance. The Unit's international partners include in particular the following:
• ACDI/VOCA • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) • Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) • World Bank • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) • Panamerican Development Foundation (PADF) • German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) • Global Communities - CHF International • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) • Organization of American States Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (Misión de Apoyo al Proceso de Paz, OAS/ MAPP) • Mercy Corps • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) • International Organization for Migration (IOM) • UN Women • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Fund for Transitional Justice (FTJ) • European Union delegation in Colombia • United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
(iii) Regional and/or multilateral efforts to enhance solidarity with victims of terrorism, and/or support their rehabilitation
The Government of Colombia is committed to all international efforts promoted by all relevant organizations of the United Nations system which deal with assistance to victims of terrorism.
Within the OAS system, Colombia supports all initiatives for the defence of human rights. They have protected the interests of many victims in the country, especially through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, complementing the efforts undertaken by the State.
Such intergovernmental organizations as ICRC and IOM engage in ongoing cooperation with the Government in order to coordinate national and international efforts to provide comprehensive assistance and reparation to victims and to repair the social fabric.
(iv) Additional organizations
• Centro de Memória Histórica: This national public establishment, attached to the Department for Social Welfare (DPS), aims to recover and assemble all documentary material, oral testimonies and any other elements related to the violations referred to in article 147 of the Act on Victims and Land Restitution. The information collected will be made available to interested parties, investigators, researchers and citizens in general, through museum exhibitions and educational or other activities conducive to enriching knowledge of the country's political and social history. The Centre's mission consists in contributing to comprehensive reparation; to the realization of the right to truth, to which the victims and the society as a whole are entitled; and to the fulfilment of the State's duty of preserving memories related to offences committed during the armed conflict, in a peace-building, democratization and reconciliation context. Thus, the Centre shall serve as an instrument for the preservation, statement and awareness of the various memories related to the armed conflict, with priority given to the victims in a spirit of comprehensive rehabilitation, historical elucidation, commitment to non-recurrence and the building of sustainable peace.