National Police Commander Threatens Journalist

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 30 November 2007

The head of the Colombian police force, General Oscar Naranjo, has accused TV journalist William Parra of having links to the leftwing FARC guerrilla group. The Bogotá-based Foundation for Press Freedom has stated that the allegation has put the reporter in grave personal danger. The Foundation also noted read more

TAKE ACTION: Act to Defend Threatened Human Rights Lawyer

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 29 November 2007

Evidence has surfaced that there is an active order to assassinate renowned Colombian human rights lawyer Jose Humberto Torres. According to the paramilitary death squad commander responsible for issuing the order, Mr Torres (who the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights has ordered be given special protection), is a "legitimate read more

Extrajudicial executions continue: Colombian Army murders 2 civilians

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 28 November 2007

On the evening of November 26th, 2007, in Boyaca region, two young men, Samuel Navia Moreno a 27-year-old student, and Jhon Carlos Nocua Rueda, an 18-year-old shop worker were tortured and murdered by troops of the Colombian Army. The soldiers then dressed their bodies in guerrilla uniforms and claimed that read more

Army Tortures Child in Peace Community

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

In the latest in hundreds of attacks perpetrated by the Colombian Army against the 'San Jose de Apartado' Peace Community, soldiers of the 17th Brigade have detained and tortured a 10-year-old boy. Confirmation has also emerged that the Army were responsible for a massacre of seven community members in read more

JFC Photo Launch

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Justice for Colombia launched our new photo exhibition in central London last week at an event attended by over 150 people. A new JFC book of the photos entitled 'Resistencia: Portraits of Colombia' was also launched and nearly 200 copies were sold.The exhibition, which we wrote about here ( read more

Three Soldiers, Two Police, Killed in Combat with FARC

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 26 November 2007

Fighting in two regions of Colombia between the state security forces and leftwing FARC guerrillas has seen three soldiers and two police officers killed. No guerrilla casualties have been reported.The most recent incident occurred this morning (November 26th) when a special forces unit of the FARC, known as the read more

Trade Unionist Shot Dead

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 25 November 2007

Jose Jesus Marin Vargas, a member of the food and drink workers trade union SINALTRAINAL, was assassinated at 2.20pm on November 22nd. He was killed as he travelled home from work at the Nestle plant in the town of Dosquebradas in Risaralda department.Mr Marin had worked at the Nestle read more

Shots Fired at Home of Human Rights Activist

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 24 November 2007

After receiving death threats earlier in the year Dr Jahel Quiroga, director of the 'Reiniciar' human rights group, has had shots fired at her home by unknown attackers. Human rights groups in Colombia have alleged that the bullets found at the scene were military issue and have linked the read more

Colombian Union Leaders Write to US Congress

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 23 November 2007

The leaders of Colombia's three trade union centres – the CUT, CTC and CGT – along with the head of the Pensioners Confederation of Colombia, between them representing well over a million people, have written to US Congressmen outlining some of their concerns about what is occurring in Colombia.The letter, read more

Catholic Bishops Condemn State-Sponsored Violence

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 November 2007

A damning public statement issued by six Catholic Bishops from Colombia's Pacific coast region asks why "when state presence is increased, so many deaths and disappearances occur" and accuses the Colombian authorities of taking "no effective action" to end human rights violations. Here Justice for Colombia provides an unofficial read more

US Senators Warn President Uribe to End Attacks on Journalists, Judges and Trade Unionists

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Eleven senior Democratic Senators in the US, including Barack Obama, have sent a strongly worded letter of protest to President Uribe of Colombia. In the letter the Senators criticize the President for making threatening statements about those with whom he disagrees. They specifically mention Uribe's outbursts against journalists, read more

ITUC Slams Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 November 2007

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has accused the Colombian Government of "implementing a policy to destroy the trade union movement" and says that "instead of using its resources to tackle the real problem, the Uribe government is spending millions of dollars on a massive public relations campaign, sending top read more

Clinton, Gore, Democrats, Attack Uribe

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 18 November 2007

Hilary Clinton has announced that she will oppose a trade deal with Colombia due to ongoing concerns about violence against trade unionists. Her decision follows Al Gore's decision to pull out of a conference after he found out that President Uribe was also being invited – Gore specifically cited read more

FARC Kill Seven Soldiers

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 17 November 2007

Seven soldiers have been killed in an ambush by leftwing FARC guerrillas in the department of Tolima. The ambush occurred earlier today in the Chapparral region of Tolima and was followed by approximately four hours of fighting between the Army and the guerrillas. The seven dead soldiers were read more

MPs call for release of detained trade unionists, end to UK military aid

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 16 November 2007

Over 100 Members of Parliament from all parties have signed a motion calling for freedom for the two men featured in JFC's most recent Urgent Action. The motion also calls for an immediate freeze in UK military assistance to Colombia "until the Colombian authorities begin respecting the human rights read more

New Xmas Card Campaign

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 12 November 2007

Unite the Union, the UK's largest trade union, has launched a campaign to get British parliamentarians to send a Christmas message of solidarity to Colombian political prisoner Carmen Mayusa. Ms Mayusa, a leader of the health workers' trade union ANTHOC, has been imprisoned since May 2006 without having been read more

JFC launch new Colombia Photo Exhibition

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 11 November 2007

Resistencia: Portraits of Colombia. A photographic journey through the Colombian conflict and the struggle for social justice.A civil war has been raging in Colombia for nearly 50 years. During that time hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives. The killings continue today as army-backed death squads run rampage read more

Human Rights Crisis in Northern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 11 November 2007

Reports coming from the 'Montes de Maria' region in northern Colombia reveal that the Colombian security forces are carrying out forced displacement and selective assassinations in the area and preventing food and medicine from getting to communities that they accuse of being anti-government. Local human rights groups also report read more

Wednesday: Joint JFC – LPIS meeting in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 10 November 2007

Justice for Colombia and the Labour Party Irish Society are holding a joint public meeting in Parliament on Wednesday 21st November. A new short film on Colombia will be shown and participants in recent delegations to Colombia will recount their experiences.Colin Burgon MP and Gerry Doherty, leader of the read more

Burglary at Human Rights Office

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 10 November 2007

Human rights organisations have blamed the Colombian intelligence services for breaking into the office of the Reiniciar human rights group and stealing crucial documents. During the break-in papers relating to human rights cases currently pending against the Army were stolen whilst cash in a safe that was broken open read more

Another trade unionist murdered

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 8 November 2007

On the afternoon of November 7th 2007 two armed men on a motorcycle pulled up outside the 'San Juan Bosco' school in the town of Cartago and shot and killed teacher trade unionist Mercedes Consuelo Restrepo Campo. She was shot five times.Ms Restrepo had been a teacher for 30 read more

Army Executes Peasant Farmer

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Troops of the Colombian Army have murdered peasant farmer Dioseli Ascanio Acosta. The killing, perpetrated by soldiers from the 95th 'Ricardo Diaz' Battalion, attached to the 30th Brigade, took place at the farm of Mr Acosta in the community of La Cristalina in the Teorama area of Norte de read more

Two trade unionists assassinated over the weekend

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 November 2007

A regional leader of the fruit workers' union and an activist in the teachers' trade union were both assassinated in different regions of Colombia over the weekend. These latest killings bring the number of murdered trade unionists that Justice for Colombia is aware of so far this year to read more

Women’s leader attacked in her home

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 5 November 2007

Yolanda Becerra Vega, the director of the women's human rights organization, the Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP), has been attacked in her home by two armed men wearing balaclavas. The attack comes after a string of death threats were sent to Ms Becerra.At 7.30am on 4th November 2007 the two read more

Huge response to JFC Urgent Action

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 4 November 2007

Our urgent action concerning the detention of union leader Eliberto Poveda and opposition politician Moises Delgado has received a massive response with over 500 people sending protest messages to the Colombian Vice President. Despite the pressure the Colombian authorities have not yet provided any response.Both men were detained on read more

Mass Detention in Meta

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 2 November 2007

Masked men, in one case accompanied by police officers, have taken away 18 people from the town of La Julia in Meta department during the past five days. Among those detained were community leaders and trade unionists in the latest in a long line of attacks against those who read more