Statement by UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on peace process implementation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Bogotá. 13 January 2018. Dear President, thank you very much for your generous remarks about solidarity, and wonderful hospitality, as always in Colombia. If you allow me, my address will be in "portunol". Portunol is not a language, because any territory nor people do not claim it, but mostly read more

Paramilitaries make new death threats against FARC members

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Paramilitaries have made a fresh series of threats against FARC members working to establish the former guerrilla organisation as a political party. The paramilitary group Autodefensas Gaitanistasde Colombia (AGC) sent pamphlets containing death threats to the FARC offices in the city of Cali. The message on a explicitly warned read more

Two FARC political campaigners murdered in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 18 January 2018

In the latest act of violence committed against demobilised FARC members, two former guerrillas, now political activists, were murdered at around 11pm on Tuesday 16 January in the Urabá region of Antioquia, one of Colombia's most conflict-affected zones. Vilmar Asprilla and Ansel de Jesús Montoya Ibarra were killed after they read more

SUTIMAC president blasts labour conditions after 10 workers killed in bridge collapse

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Following the collapse on 15 January of a partially-constructed bridge in central Colombia, in which ten workers died and another eight were injured, Otoniel Ramírez, the president of the trade union National Syndicate of Workers of Industry Materials for Construction (SUTIMAC), has criticised the conditions facing construction workers in the read more

US Labour Department knocks Colombia for lack of compliance under FTA

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 January 2018

[Originally published in World Trade Online) 9 January 2018 The Labor Department on Tuesday issued a progress assessment calling on Colombia to more fully comply with obligations outlined in the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, a move that continues “contact point” consultations between the two governments. The Jan. 8 read more

Assassination attempt made on indigenous Wayuu community leader

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 January 2018

An indigenous community leader survived an assassination attempt on Sunday 14 January, which occurred in Colombia's northernmost department, La Guajira. Two men opened fire on Ever de Jesús Epieyu Epinayu after trying to force their way into his home, where Ever was recuperating from a recent illness. It was the read more

FARC denounce violence against demobilised guerrillas in southern Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 15 January 2018

In a meeting with Colombia's interior minister and vice-minister of defence, former FARC commander Norbey Ramírez denounced the high levels of violence committed against demobilised FARC members in the southern departments of Putumayo and Caquetá. Before the peace process, Ramírez was commander of the FARC's 48th Front which operated there. read more

Colombia's JEP transitional justice mechanism is implemented but faces major opposition

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 15 January 2018

Colombia's transitional justice mechanism will be formally initiated on Monday 15 January, when president Juan Manuel Santos passes control over the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) to a team of magistrates who will oversee trials aiming to bring truth to millions of Colombians affected by fifty years of conflict. Dubbed read more

Peace process guarantors Cuba and Norway express concern over peace agreement implementation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 12 January 2018

The formal representatives of the two guarantor countries of Colombia's peace process, Norway and Cuba, have sent a letter to the Commission for the Followup, Promotion and Verification of the Implementation of the Final Peace Agreement (Comisión de Seguimiento, Impulso y Verificación de la Implementación del Acuerdo Final, CSIVI) expressing their concern over the current state of implementation of the agreement. According to the Cuban ambassador Jorge Iván Mora Godoy and Norway's special read more

Social leader tortured and killed in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 11 January 2018

On 10 January, paramilitaries in Antioquia murdered José Yimer Cartagena Úsuga, a 30-year-old political organiser and human rights defender, who was Vice-President of the ASODECAS Peasant Farmer Association and a member the political movement Patriotic March. José was travelling from his home in Saiza, department of Córdoba, to a meeting read more

At least twelve families forcibly displaced by paramilitary violence in western Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 8 January 2018

Confrontations between paramilitary organisation the Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces (AGC) and Colombia's largest remaining guerrilla movement, the National Liberation Army (ELN), reportedly caused at least twelve families to flee their homes, as forced displacement continues to affect civilians in marginalised regions. The clashes occurred in the department of Chocó, western Colombia, read more

Colombian NGO reveals 170 social leaders were murdered in 2017

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 8 January 2018

Colombian NGO the Institute of Studies for Peace Development (INDEPAZ) has published a report which finds that 170 social leaders, human rights defenders and political activists were murdered in the country during 2017, a significant increase on the two previous years. The killings were particularly concentrated in four departments: read more

Huber Ballesteros and Mayerli Hurtado Motta receive new paramilitary death threats

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 January 2018

The Southwest Colombian Human Rights Network (Red de Derechos Humanos del Suroccidente Colombiano) and political organisation the Patriotic March (Marcha Patriótica) released a joint statement on 2 January 2018 denouncing a new series of paramilitary threats made against trade unionist and political activist Huber Ballesteros, human rights defender Mayerli read more

Lords and MPs question Ministers on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 4 January 2018

Here are some recent questions in Parliament relating to Colombia... 2 November 2017 Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent meetings and discussions read more

Colombian official body releases figures showing high rates of conflict-related violence in 2017

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 4 January 2018

Colombia's government body the Unique Register of Victims (Register Único de Victimas) has released figures showing that, despite the 2016 peace agreement, in 2017 many Colombians continued to be negatively affected by conflict-related phenomena. These aggressions included forced displacement, intimidation, gender-based violence and discrimination, property theft and murder. The read more

Amnesty report reveals Colombia as most dangerous country for human rights defenders

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A new report released by Amnesty International reviews the attacks against human rights defenders across the world. Colombia appears as the most dangerous country in terms of known murders of human rights activists. You can see the full report here. Here below is an excerpt from the report regarding read more

United Nations criticises violence against social leaders and congressional attacks on JEP

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The United Nations Office of the High Commission based in Colombia has rejected claims by high-ranking Colombian officials that high levels of violence carried out against Colombian social leaders and political activists is the result of personal feuds, crimes of passion and petty crime. On Wednesday 27 December, the UN read more

Peace community of San José de Apartado denounces paramilitary assault

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 January 2018

San José de Apartado, the well-known peace community in Urabá in the department of Antioquia, released a statement on 29 December 2017 saying that earlier that day paramilitaries had entered the community with the intention of killing its legal representative, Germán Graciano Posso. According to the statement, four men entered read more