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Colombia: 1. Please provide background info on the PDA and on Colombian elections generally, with particular reference to key events in 2009 - 2012 in the area of Bogota. 2. Please provide info on (a) Eduardo Gomez Serrano and (b) PDA Presidential candidate Carlos Gaviria with reference to key events in 2009 - 2012. Please also provide detailed information regarding key events in the period January - August 2009. 3. Please provide information on whether PDA supporters and members have been targeted for serious harm in Colombia in the past five years. 4. Please provide information relating to the availability of state protection for PDA supporters or members who are harmed due to political activities.

24 May 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. What is the status of Islam in Colombia? 2. Is there a Muslim community in Medellín? 3. Are there any reports of Muslims in Colombia being harassed or harmed?

8 May 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Please provide information relating to the risk of harm in Colombia, particularly in Cali, for (a) homosexuals generally, (b) gay rights activists, and (c) human rights activists generally. In doing so, please comment on the main groups that target such persons for harm. 2. Please provide information relating to the availability of state protection for each of the following groups. 3. Please provide information relating to the capacity of a person to relocate from Cali to another part of Colombia to avoid persecution of the type discussed in question 1. 4. Please provide information relating to the Liberal Party, particularly in relation to Cali during the period June 2009 - December 2010, including whether it was in power during this period and who its main leaders/figures were. Please also provide information relating to the relevant divisions of the Party relating to human rights and sexual diversity. 5. Please provide information relating to Senator Piedad Cordoba, described as a prominent proponent of gay rights, particularly during the period June 2009 - December 2010. 6. Please provide information relating to each of the followeing individuals/groups: (a) Partido Rosa (Pink Party) which is possibly linked to the Green Party; (b) deleted; (c) Ricardo Montenegro (or perhaps Ricardo Montenegro-Vasquez), described as a prominent gay rights activist who was also the director of Piedad Cordoba and a former candidate himself; (d) Pedro Santamaria, who ran a transsexual rights organisations called Santamaria; and (e) a transsexual rights activist known as 'La Madre' from Jamundi (just outside Cali)

31 January 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 2. Please provide information relating to guerrilla groups active in Granada, Cundinamarca, both now and over the past 10 years. 3. Please provide information in relation to state protection in Colombia in connection with being targeted by the guerrillas, including any information relating to whether state protection is discriminatorily withheld from certain groups. 4. Please provide information relating to internal relocation in Colombia to avoid being targeted by a particular guerrilla group active in one part of Colombia, particularly with respect to FARC and ELN. 5. Please provide information relating to whether wealthy families / successful business operators (and their families) are targeted for harm and/or extortion.

17 January 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Please provide information regarding the human rights/security situation in Colombia generally, particularly in reference to extortion, violence and other threats of harm perpetrated by FARC. 2. Please provide information on groups targeted by FARC for harm/extortion/kidnapping etc. 3. Please provide information on the availability of state protection in Colombia against attacks from FARC. Is there a reasonable level of state protection in Colombia against FARC attacks and would protection be denied to people for a Convention reason? 4. Please provide information relevant to internal relocation to avoid the risk from FARC, including information on which parts of Colombia FARC is most/least active. Please also discuss the relative power/influence/presence of FARC in and around Bogota

20 April 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Please provide information on the extent to which women face discrimination in relation to matters such as employment. 2. To what extent does the state provide protection against discrimination on grounds such as gender? 3. To what extent does the state provide protection against sexual assault? 4. What support services are available to victims of sexual assault, in Medellin in particular? 5. What is the current situation in Medellin with regard to violent crime such as kidnappings, killings and gang-related violence? 6. Are there any reports of people who have been overseas being targeted for crime?

15 February 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Was an ELN guerrilla group ‘Frente Efrain Pabon Pabon' active in Santander in 2007/8? Is it active now? If so, in what parts of Colombia and who does it generally target? 2. What protection is likely to be available by the authorities from threats or attacks by this group (or, if information on the group can't be located, by the ELN generally)? 3. Are there any practical barriers to relocating within the country (to, for example, Bogota)?

19 July 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Please provide recent information in relation to criminal gangs in Colombia and the prevalence or otherwise of extortion and kidnapping. 2. Are there any reports of threats or harm to civilians or business people who refuse to co-operate with criminal gangs in Colombia?

23 March 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Please provide any available information on whether Soacha is a dangerous suburb of Bogota. 2. Please advise if Soacha is on the outskirts of Bogota 3. Is there information that, since 2003, the Colombian Government has made agreements with the FARC and has then reneged on those agreements? 4. Please provide information on the recent operation of the FARC 5. Does the Colombian Government currently struggle to provide basic services such as education and health to the people of Colombia?

18 November 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Colombia: 1. Are there any reports of leftist groups asking civilians to attend meetings or attempting to extort money in Bogota in 2003? 2. To what extent are FARC or other leftist groups still active in Medellin? 3. Are there any reports indicating that FARC or other leftist groups still make demands for money in urban areas such as Bogota? 4. Are there any reports of a group known by the name "urban militias FARC-EP" or some similar name?

16 November 2009 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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