Drugs & Alcohol

Colombian Coca Cultivation Surveys - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The UNODC works with the main drug-growing countries in the world - Colombia, Peru and the Plurinational State of Bolivia for coca, Afghanistan, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Myanmar for opium and Morocco for cannabis - to monitor the extent and evolution of illicit crops. The crop survey data helps Governments in their policy development and in planning how to tackle the illicit crops. The monitoring systems supported by UNODC are tailored to the national contexts and emphasize training and development of local expertise. The direct participation of UNODC in the national monitoring systems ensures transparency in the surveys and gives additional credibility to the results.

Evaluation of Progress in Drug Control - Organization of American States' Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
These reports, produced by the Organization of American States' Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD),  follows the progress of individual and collective efforts of all the countries participating in the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism, indicating both results achieved as well as obstacles faced by the countries. Other objectives of the MEM are: identifies the strengths, weaknesses, progress, and setbacks in each member state and of the hemisphere, in order to help orientat policies and programs to confront more effectively the drug problem; assists countries in generating internal support to fight the drug problem and stimulating change and development of the systems in drug control; and offers countries the opportunity to request technical or financial assistance and training to implement assigned recommendations from evaluation rounds. (website).

Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICMP)
The objectives of UNODC's Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICMP) are to establish methodologies for data collection and analysis, to increase governments' capacity to monitor illicit crops and to assist the international community in monitoring the extent and evolution of illicit crops in the context of the elimination strategy adopted by the Member States at the General Assembly Special Session on Drugs. The information provided by the surveys helps guide policy interventions and constitutes an invaluable tool for planning activities to tackle the illicit crops (website). 

Human Rights

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Colombia
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Colombia
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Colombia, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (website).

Research & Statistics

Colombian National Police - Crime Reports
The reports, which are in English, offers comparative statistics on numerous criminal offenses as well as information on law enforcement achievements.

The World Factbook (CIA)

Provides a description of the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues of Colombia. Other country descriptions are written to a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, Colombia

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of Colombia. Forty-two other country descriptions are written with a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.