Another demobilising FARC member murdered

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Jesus Adan Mazo who was taking part in the FARC demobilisation process was murdered on Monday 14th August. Jesus Adan Mazo was an ex-Commander of the Militias in Ituango, North Antioquia. According to reports armed men smashed down his door, dragged him into the street, and shot him three times. read more

Two more murders of social activists in southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

After the murder of Nidio Davila earlier this month two more political activists were reported killed in southwest Colombia. Fernando Asprilla was a member of the Patriotic March and Idaly Castillo was a local community leader. Their deaths brought the total of murders of political activists in 2017 in read more

Transitory Zones expire as new stage in peace process begins

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Since the ratification of the peace agreement in December 2016 the FARC began to concentrate themselves in 26 zones across the country, the so called transitory zones. It is here where they have carried out the laying down of arms process and now with the more than 8,000 guns removed read more

Final arms of the FARC removed from transitory zones

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

In another historic day for Colombia and the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC, in a UN operation the more than 8,000 guns handed over by demobilising FARC troops were removed from the 26 zones were the FARC troops are currently located. This was another important step read more

Strikes in northern Colombia as law prohibits small-scale mining

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Miners using so called “traditional” techniques from northern Colombia have gone on strike in response to the passing of a law to make small-scale mining illegal. In the region of Segovia and Remedios in Northeast Antioquia small-scale mining, also known as traditional or artisan mining, constitutes the majority of mining read more

Peasant leader murdered in Southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 August 2017

Last Sunday 6th August Nidio Dávila was brutally murdered after being dragged from his home by a group of up to twenty men. The murder continues a pattern of growing paramilitary violence against political activists. Nidio Dávila was a local peasant leader, a member of the FENSUAGRO affiliated ASTRACAN peasant read more

Huber ballesteros receives tenth death threat since he was released

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 August 2017

On the 31 July 2017 Huber Ballesteros received another death threat from the paramilitary group Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC). This is the tenth threat sent to Huber Ballesteros, who sits on the executive of the Patriotic March as well as the trade union FENSUAGRO and CUT, and who read more

British Foreign Office latest human rights report on countries of concern

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 27 July 2017

Colombia continues to feature as one of the 30 countries of concern of the British Foreign Office and the FCO has recently released its report into the situation across 2016. Justice for Colombia recognises the important role of the FCO in highlighting the ongoing human rights abuses in Colombia. The read more

FARC to launch new political party in September

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 July 2017

After a weekend which saw a coming together of 61 FARC commanders, Ivan Marquez, head of the FARC peace delegation, announced that September would see the public launch of the FARCs political party. The FARC representative said that preparations were already being made for an event to be held in read more

Final year of Santos government will seek to ratify remaining peace legislation

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 July 2017

With the government coalition at its weakest ever point and with ten members of Congress currently named as potential presidential candidates the final year of the Santos presidency and the passing of the remaining laws relating to the peace agreement will have anything but an easy ride. Of particular importance read more