Activist killed - 42 assassinations of social leaders so far this year

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 April 2017

Another social activist has been assassinated in Colombia. On the morning of 27th April the body of Diego Fernando Rodríguez was found in the municipality of Mercaderes, Cauca. He was a peasant farmer leader and legal representative of the local community council. This latest killing comes as the Patriotic March read more

2 FARC members and 6 relatives assassinated in April

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 April 2017

As the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC is being implemented two members of the FARC and six relatives of FARC members have been assassinated in Colombia. The first member of the FARC to be killed after the signing of the peace agreement was Luis Alberto Ortiz, read more

Another FARC member assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 27 April 2017

Another member of the FARC has been assassinated in Colombia. José Huber Yatacué, who was from Toribio, Cauca, in south-west Colombia, was shot dead after being called after being called away from his home on an errand. José had been included in the list of FARC members for amnesty as read more

Indigenous community leader killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Gerson Acosta, an indigenous leader and governor of the town of Timbío, in south-west Colombia, was assassinated on Wednesday 19th April. He was shot dead by assailants on a motorbike as he left a community meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Gerson was a renowned human rights defender in the region of read more

FARC member assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 April 2017

A FARC member has been assassinated in Colombia. Luis Alberto Ortiz was shot dead on 16th April in his home in the municipality of Tumaco, south-west Colombia. He had been released from prison only two weeks before after being pardoned under the amnesty law for FARC members. The FARC have read more

Huber Ballesteros sent death threat

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 April 2017

There was deep concern for the safety of Huber Ballesteros over the weekend after he was sent a death threat to his mobile phone. The death threat comes less than three months since Huber was released from jail and in the context of a recent surge in killings of community read more

Amnesty for Liliany Obando after eight years of legal persecution

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 April 2017

First arrested in August 2008, imprisoned for more than three years, and issued with a fine for £20,000, Liliany Obando has finally been freed from the legal persecution she was subjected to by the Colombian state. Last month a judge notified the human rights defender and university lecturer that she read more

Colombian Congress passes opposition statute

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

On 5 April the Colombian Congress passed another major piece of legislation for the implementation of the peace agreements. The Opposition Statute, which provides political, economic and security guarantees for the exercise of political opposition in the country, was passed by 52 votes to 2 in the Senate. It was read more

21 soldiers sentenced in false positives scandal

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

21 Colombian soldiers have been sentenced to between 37 and 52 years in prison for the forced disappearance and extrajudicial killing of five young men in 2008. This was part of what is known as the "false positives" scandal, in which the Colombian military systematically lured poor young men away read more

Government defies agreements and unilaterally destroys coca crops

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 7 April 2017

The Colombian riot police (ESMAD) and the army, both known for their heavy handed tactics during protests, caused multiple injuries as coca growers organised protests and blocked roads in response to the government’s unilateral eradication of the crop in the region surrounding the town of Tumaco. The forced eradication contradicted read more