Army Continues to Murder Civilians

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 25 January 2013

Over the last month. assassinations and attacks on civilians in South West Colombia have continued to be carried out by the Colombian Army, with abuses reported in Cauca, Valle del Cauca and Nariño. On 22nd January in Providencia, Narino, 23 year old Jesus Ferney Guaichal and 17 read more

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with FARC Commander

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 25 January 2013

Below is a translation of an exlusive article and interview published by Colombian Opposition Newspaper, VOZ, with Timoleón Jiménez, Commander-in Chief of the FARC. This is the second interview with him since the beginning of the peace talks: Commander Timoleón Jiménez is in the Colombian mountains under the noise of read more

NASUWT Member Runs Half Marathon for JFC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Anne Brimacombe, NASUWT teachers’ union National Executive member, has run the Birmingham half marathon raising a massive £700 in sponsorship for JFC’s work. Sponsorship mainly came from NASUWT members in the Birmingham, Coventry and Dudley local teachers’ associations. The support follows a talk by John Rimmer, former NASUWT President read more

Human Rights Activist's Life at Risk

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 22 January 2013

On 13th January, at 11.30pm, shots were fired at the house of leading human rights activist, Harry Caicedo. Mr Caicedo, who is the regional director of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights (CPDH) NGO, in Charco, Narino, was at home with his wife and 6 month old son at the read more

18 People Murdered by Paramilitaries in January in Putumayo

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 22 January 2013

On 16th January, seven people were assassinated in Puerto Asis, Putumayo. The killings are part of a wave of violence by the Urabenos paramilitary group, which has led 18 people to be assassinated already this year in the town. Among those killed have been loggers, taxi drivers, young people and read more

Testimony Confirms Ongoing Extrajudicial Executions by Army and Urgent Need for Ceasefire

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 21 January 2013

“The War has touched us; Peace is Ours”, a public event held last week on 18th and 19th January in northern Cauca department took place just days before the FARC’s unilateral ceasefire ended after 60 days. The hearing, organised by the Patriotic March social and political movement, aimed to read more

16 Year Old Student Leader and Patriotic March Activist Attacked by Fascists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 15 January 2013

On Sunday January 13th, 16 year old Nicolas Gutiérrez, Patriotic March activist and student leader, was viscously attacked by 30 members of a neo-Nazi paramilitary group “Comando Radical Nacionalista” (Radical Nationalist Command), in Bogota. Nico had been playing football with friends in Simon Bolivar Park, when the group of skinheads, read more

Shadow Foreign Office Minister asks FCO for Statement on David Rabelo

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 15 January 2013

On 14th January, Kerry McCarthy MP, shadow foreign office minister, raised the case of David Ravelo, Colombian political prisoner, with Hugo Swire MP, Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for Latin America, and asked, “what reports he has received on the recent conviction and sentencing to 18 years imprisonment of David read more

Despite ongoing abuses, UK Minister calls Colombian Government 'Friend'

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Labour MP Rob Flello has continued to raise concerns in Parliament on the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia Group had previously asked FCO Minister Hugo Swire MP what the UK Government was doing to ensure an end to impunity for read more

Cross-party MPs Continue to Show Concern for Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Westminster MPs from several parties continue to voice serious concerns about the murders of members of the new political movement ‘The Patriotic March’, the increase in death threats against opposition Congresspeople and members of Colombians for Peace, and about the Colombian Government’s controversial legislation to increase the jurisdiction of the read more

Clashes over Indigenous Leader Detention

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 January 2013

The indigenous communities of Northern Cauca are demanding the release of Manuel Antonio Bautista Pequí, leader of the López Adentro Indigenous Reservation, following his arrest on the 5th January 2013. Around 200 people, including members of a number of local organisations, blocked the main streets of the area surrounding the read more

Death Threats Against USO Oil Workers

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 14 January 2013

On 9th January at 4.54pm, Carlos Humberto Velásquez, Regional President of USO Oil Workers’ Union in Bucaramanga, received a threatening phone call, telling him to “renounce the presidency of USO”. The call, taken during a union meeting at the USO Bucaramanga head office, warned “ I demand that you renounce read more

Former President Uribe Investigated

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 11 January 2013

A criminal investigation has been reopened into links between former president Alvaro Uribe and paramilitary groups while he was governor of Antioquia between1995 and 1997. Colombia’s rightwing paramilitary groups have been responsible for the vast majority of the human rights abuses that have occurred in the country in the past read more

Peace Talks Due to Reconvene in Coming Days

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 11 January 2013

The peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas are due to reconvene in the coming days, following a break over the Christmas period. The talks, formally launched on 18th October last year in Oslo, Norway, are being carried out in Havana, Cuba, and will continue to focus on read more