Against the wall: assassinations of human rights defenders increased in Colombia in 2016

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 24 February 2017

According to the latest report from the human rights observatory Somos Defensores (We are Defenders), assassinations of human rights defenders increased in Colombia in 2016. The report details that a total of 80 human rights activists—including community leaders, trade unionists, peasant farmer, Afro-Colombian and indigenous activists— were killed last year read more



Paramilitary presence reported in coastal town of Tumaco

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

After hundreds of people were forced to flee to Venezuela after paramilitary groups began to intensify their preence in northeastern Colombia, in the Southwestern town of Tumaco a series of sighting of paramilitaries was reported. In one village between 50 and 80 armed and uniformed paramilitaries have set up read more



Paramilitaries resurface in northeastern region of Catatumbo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 February 2017

In the late 1990s and early 2000s the region of Catatumbo was hit by the arrival of the AUC paramilitaries. An infamous massacre was carried out in 1999 where 35 people were killed as the paramilitaries set up a centre of operation in the village of La Gabarra. This presence read more



Environmental activist assassinated in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 February 2017

Faiver Cerón Gómez, an environmental activist from Cauca department and president of the Community Action Committee in the village of Esmeraldas, was assassinated on Sunday 19 February. Faiver was shot at least 15 times as he returned home on his motorbike. Faiver had played a prominent role campaigning for the read more



Patriotic March release new report on human rights violations in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 17 February 2017

The social and political organisation Patriotic March, which groups together over 2,000 civil society groups, have released a new report on human rights violations in Colombia. It states that thanks to the peace process deaths attributable to the armed conflict have been reduced to almost nil, there has been read more



FARC prisoners remain in prison in spite of peace process

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 16 February 2017

292 FARC combatants who were moved to the Chiquinquira prison two hours from the capital Bogota remain without any clarification of their situation. After the passing of the Amnesty Law it was expected that those prisoners who will be given an amnesty would be released and the others would travel read more



MP questions Minister on advances in Colombian peace process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 16 February 2017

15 February 2017 Written questions to the Minister of State responsible for Colombia. Catherine West, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent read more



FARC troops arrive to 26 transitory zones but infrastructure still lacking

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Over the past two weeks FARC troops have been arriving to the 26 zones across the Colombian countryside where they will be living during their demobilisation process. There have been severe delays however due to the lack of installment of infrastructure and paramiltray presence in certain zones. The JFC Director read more



Attempted assassination of trade unionist in Cesar department

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 February 2017

In recent days, prominent trade unionists and civil society leaders have been attacked and threatened in Cesar and Cauca departments, raising huge concerns about the increase in human rights violations in the region. Alfredo Barón Sánchez, a member of the People's Congress and the trade union SINALTRAINAL (the National Union read more



Community leader and human rights defender assassinated in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 February 2017

Luz Herminia Olarte, a community leader and human rights defender, was assassinated on 7 February. She was the president of the Community Action Committee in Yarumal, Antioquia Department. The human rights observatory the Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination Group (CCEEU) in Antioquia denounced that 19 social leaders have been murdered so read more



Paramilitary presence in Catatumbo after FARC move to concentration zone

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 February 2017

Community members in Catatumbo, north-east Colombia, reported the arrival of 15 armed individuals, identifying themselves as paramilitaries, on 10 February after the 33rd Front of the FARC relocated to a concentration zone as part of the peace process. The declaration by the paramilitary group that "they would take control" of read more



Formal peace negotiations begin between the ELN and Colombian government

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 February 2017

After more than 3 years of preliminary negotiations, Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group the ELN (National Liberation Army) and the Colombian government began formal peace talks near the Ecuadorian capital of Quito on Tuesday 7 February. The talks will cover six major points already agreed upon in preliminary negotiations: the participation read more



Young peasant disappeared and assumed murdered by paramilitaries

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Young peasant disappeared and assumed murdered by paramilitaries Cristian Granados Hernandez from the municipality of El Bagre in Antioquia disappeared on 25th January 2017. Cristian is the nephew of Gloria Granadas, an active member of the local peasant organisation AHERAMIGUA. Days after his disappearance relatives and friends of Gloria received read more



Colombian Companies Charged with Crimes against Humanity

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 February 2017

From Telesur Around 200 local and international companies are facing charges for crimes against humanity for allegedly financing paramilitary death squads in northern Colombia, local media reported. On Thursday, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced that for the first time private companies were charged with crimes against humanity as part of read more



Third land claimant killed this year in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 February 2017

The threats and attacks against land claimants continue in Colombia, as another is assassinated. On 4 February Edilberto Cantillo, the president of the Community Action Committee of the village Entre Ríos, in César department, was killed in his home by armed men on a motorbike. The leader had been displaced read more



14 civil society activists killed in the first month of 2017

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 February 2017

Whilst the Colombian government continues to deny the systematic nature of the threats and killings of social and political activists in Colombia, 14 civil society activists have been killed in just the first month of 2017. Those killed are community leaders, those working to defend the environment and natural resources, read more



FARC troops move to concentration zones

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 February 2017

On Tuesday 31 January FARC troops made the journey from the pre-grouping camps they have been in for the last few months to the 26 concentration zones where they will make the transition from an armed group as part of the peace agreement. Now more than 6,000 troops are ready read more



Resolución en el parlamento celebra liberación de Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Una resolución (Early day Motion) ha sido presentada en el Parlamento británico para expresar la gratitud por la liberación de prisión de Hubo Ballesteros el 13 de enero del corriente. La EDM, por sus siglas en inglés, da especial reconocimiento a Justicia por Colombia por su campaña durante los tres read more



EDM celebrates release of Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An Early day Motion (EDM) has been tabled in the British Parliament welcoming the release on 13 January of trade union leader Huber Ballesteros after three and a half years in prison. The EDM gives special recognition to Justice for Colombia for its campaign for his freedom. The motion also read more