Location : Bogota and 6 regional offices (Valle, Antioquia, Tolima, Atlantico, Cundinamarca and Santander)
Creation : 1973
Local issues : Colombia has had great political violence for more than fifty years: extortion from guerrilla groups or para-military militias, state violence (arbitrary detention, extra judiciary executions, ill-treatment in detention, etc.). The dialogue between the Colombian authorities and a part of the guerrilla movements leaves hope for an improvement of the situation but for the victims of grave violations of human rights it is extremely difficult to have their situation recognised, to obtain remedy and to see the perpetrators convicted by the Colombian judiciary. The only way out is often international justice and especially the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights.