US Praises Colombia for “Remarkable” Improvement in Human Rights

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US Praises Colombia for “Remarkable” Improvement in Human Rights

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More good news for Colombia came out of the United States this week as the US State Department issued its annual report on human rights. Colombia was one of few countries mentioned for its dedication to improving human rights in the country.

The report detailed a “remarkable” improvement in conditions over the past year and commended President Juan Manuel Santos for strengthening the “relationship with civil society and human rights defenders”, as well as “publicly express[ing] support for human rights defenders and engag[ing] in a dialogue with them”.

Such positive feedback has been coming through with increasing frequency for Colombia, as the country strives to improve its safety and security conditions for both locals and tourists. Today (08/04/2011) an agreement was signed that paves the way for free trade between the US and Colombia which is expected to boost commerce and jobs in South Florida.

US President, Barack Obama (image courtesy of Creative Commons, JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)


The continued support and praise of the US government for Colombia’s progress in human rights, security and economics should serve as assurance to those travelers who are looking to explore the country but harbor concerns about safety. We at See Colombia Travel hope to see a continued improvement in conditions in Colombia, but are confident that the state of affairs for travelers is secure enough to rival many South American countries.

To view the whole article about the US human rights report, click here (in Spanish).

To view more about the Colombia/US free trade agreement, click here.