British Unions Win International Prize for Colombia Solidarity Work

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ten British trade unions have won the UNI Global Peace Award for their “campaign of support for the Colombian people in their fight against repression through the TUC’s Justice for Colombia campaign.” The award, which was presented earlier this month at the UNI World Congress in Nagasaki, Japan, was given read more

Paramilitaries, above, still have a strong presence in the region of Uraba where the latest murder took place Land Activist Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 29 November 2010

Rightwing paramilitaries are believed to be behind the November 24th assassination of land rights activist Oscar Manuel Maussa in the Colombian province of Bolivar where he and his family had fled two years ago after receiving multiple death threats from the army-backed militias. According to an autopsy conducted on his read more

79 Colombian Teacher Trade Unionists Killed in Three Years No Convictions

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 26 November 2010

The National Union of Teachers (NUT, representing 300,000 British teachers) yesterday wrote to the Colombian Ambassador asking him for details of any convictions in 79 cases in which members of the Colombian teachers’ trade union have been assassinated. NUT leader Christine Blower points out that “unless progress is being made read more

Colombia's ESMAD police are notorious for their brutality and have killed several people with severe beatings Police Officers Beat and Hospitalise Trade Union Leader in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 25 November 2010

Colombia’s largest trade union organisation, the CUT federation, has angrily denounced a brutal attack on one of their regional leaders by members of the special ESMAD unit of the Colombian police. Javier Bermudez Gomez, the President of the CUT in Atlantico region, was attacked by the officers at around read more

Fabio Hernandez, the leader of judicial workers union ASONAL, whose home was attacked by armed men in what the Colombian authorities claimed was not an attempt on his life Anti-Corruption Investigator Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Colombian judicial workers trade union ASONAL, has condemned the November 17th murder of Jesus Eugenio Valencia who was gunned down as he left a restaurant with friends in the town of Sevilla, Valle province. The union says that Mr Valencia, who was charged with investigating corruption, read more

Colombia: Doing Business, Killing Workers

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Australian magazine Green Left Weekly recently carried this interview with Colombian trade unionist Parmenio Poveda who was visiting Australia at the invitation of trade unions there. Mr Poveda is a leading member of FENSUAGRO, the Colombian agricultural workers trade union with which Justice for Colombia has read more

New Study Exposes Labour Rights Violations in Northern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 20 November 2010

A coalition of Colombian trade unions and think-tanks specialising in workers’ rights have characterised the situation facing trade unions as “difficult and chaotic” in a new report covering labour relations in two northern Colombian provinces. The study outlines a serious push towards informal employment and the sub-contracting of jobs read more

URGENT ACTION UPDATE: Human Rights Defender Released!

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 November 2010

Following on from our urgent action three days ago requesting that people protest to the Colombian authorities about the detention of human rights activist Carolina Rubio, she has now been released. Two days after being arrested the courts agreed that her condition – she is eight months read more

Colombian Government Admits Kidnapping Increasing

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 November 2010

Kidnappings in Colombia have risen by 22% so far this year compared to last year according to a new report released by Colombia’s Ministry of Defence. It is the first time that the authorities have publicly admitted an increase despite human rights groups having highlighted the increasing read more

Opposition Politician and Human Rights Activist Detained in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 November 2010

A former mayoral candidate for Colombia’s principal opposition party, and the director of the regional branch of the Permanent Committee for Human Rights – Colombia’s largest human rights NGO – have both been detained by security forces in the town of Charco in the southern province of Narino. Henry read more

Miler Avendano Penaranda Third Opposition Leader Assassinated in Less Than a Month in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Another senior member of the ‘Democratic Pole’ party has been assassinated in the latest of a string of killings perpetrated against activists of the principle opposition party in Colombia. Miler Avendano Penaranda, the chair of the Regional Executive of the ‘Democratic Pole’ in El Tarra, in Norte de Santander province, read more

Colombia 6th Most Dangerous Place on Earth

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Maplecroft, the British risk assessment company, has ranked Colombia as the sixth most risky place in the world in their new ‘Terrorism Risk Index’ released this Monday. The country, which is categorised as “extreme risk”, has become more dangerous since last year when it ranked eighth, and is behind read more

Angelica Ramirez is a recognised TV presenter in Colombia TV Presenter Arrested for Rebel Links in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Colombian television presenter Angelica Ramirez has been detained and imprisoned for alleged connections to the leftwing FARC guerrilla group after police described her as an “accomplice” of the guerrillas and accused her of participating in several “terrorist attacks”. Ramirez, a well known journalist in Colombia who regularly appears on TV, read more

Carolina Rubio URGENT ACTION: Colombian Human Rights Activist Taken Away by Police

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A leading Colombian human rights defender was detained earlier today by special SIJIN police officers in the city of Bucaramanga. Carolina Rubio, who works for the Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners (CSPP) and is also a coordinator for the ‘Colombia-Europe-United States Coordination’, a coalition that works to highlight read more

Workers protesting at a BBVA branch in the Coolombian capital Bogota Colombian Bank Workers Union Accuses Spanish Multinational BBVA of Victimising Unionists

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The trade union representing workers in the Colombian financial sector has criticised what they describe as the “systematic anti-trade union policy” of the Spanish banking multinational BBVA. According to the trade union UNEB – the National Union of Bank Employees – staff have been fired by the bank simply read more

Franklin Aisalla, an Ecuadorian citizen who the Ecuadorian Government alleges was murdered by Colombian soldiers Ecuador Accuses Colombia of Extrajudicial Killing

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 November 2010

An Ecuadorian civilian was captured and then killed by Colombian soldiers during an illegal March 2008 incursion into Ecuadorian territory according to papers filed by the Ecuadorian Government at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The IACHR last week agreed to investigate the complaint against Colombia after an read more

Gary Drummond (left), the owner of Drummond Corporation, is a close friend of former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe (right) Drummond Accused of Killing Trade Unionists, Former Colombian President Uribe Called to Testify

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 11 November 2010

A paramilitary death squad commander has revealed how executives of the US mining multinational Drummond ‘congratulated’ paramilitary commanders for arranging the assassination of two union leaders at Drummond’s Colombian coal mines. The court room admission, by now jailed paramilitary leader Alcides Mattos Tabares, comes just days after former Colombian president read more

Yair Klein who the European Court of Human Rights says could be tortured if extradited to Colombia European Court Opposes Extraditions to Colombia Due to Torture Fears

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

An Israeli citizen currently held in jail in Russia has won his appeal not to be extradited to Colombia after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that if he were sent there he could be subjected to torture and inhumane conditions and that his life would be in grave read more

Colombian Workers in Washington Say Keep Fighting Against Free Trade Agreement

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

US trade union confederation, the AFL-CIO, yesterday hosted a meeting in Washington attended by 15 Colombian trade unionists who reiterated the dangers facing trade union leaders in Colombia and accused the Colombian regime of using “spin” to try and hide the reality of the situation. A full read more

A camp for displaced people in the Colombian capital Bogota UN, UK Say Colombia Has Over 4 Million Refugees

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The British Government yesterday announced that they believe it is likely that Colombia has around 4.5 million internally displaced people, whilst reports in today’s press suggest that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) now believe that Colombia has more displaced than any other country in the world. The read more

Caqueta province where the two latest killings of children have occured Colombian Army Kill Second Child in Less than a Month in Caqueta Province

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 8 November 2010

Colombian troops in the province of Caqueta have murdered a three-year-old boy in the second attack against a young child perpetrated by soldiers in less than a month in the province. According to human rights groups, Geider Dionicio Mendoza Valencia was shot dead on November 5th by members read more

Teacher Trade Unionist Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 8 November 2010

A Colombian teacher and trade union activist has been murdered as she waited at traffic lights in the centre of the town of Tulua where she had lived and worked for over 30 years. Ligia Gonzalez was shot repeatedly at around 2.30pm on Saturday by assassins who drew up read more

Tanja Nijmeijer from Holland is one of a number of Europeans thought to be fighting alongside of the FARC insurgency in Colombia Dutch FARC Guerrilla Gives TV Interview

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 7 November 2010

A Dutch woman who has spent eight years fighting alongside of leftwing FARC rebels in Colombia has become the first European member of the guerrilla group to give a press interview. In the parts of the interview that have so far been made public, 32-year-old Tanja Nijmeijer, who describes herself read more

Tanja Nijmeijer: why I joined the FARC

Key Witness in Case against DAS Secret Police Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 7 November 2010

A former employee of Colombia’s DAS intelligence service has been assassinated in the city of Medellin shortly before he was due to appear as a key witness in an ongoing investigation into the illegal activities of the DAS. David Antonio Ballen, who was shot dead by assassins on motorbikes read more

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Javier Garcia, a regional Army commander, was one of those killed in the recent attacks Fortnight of FARC Attacks Hit Security Forces in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 6 November 2010

Leftwing FARC guerrillas in Colombia have killed at least a dozen members of the security forces, including a senior Army commander, in a series of strikes around the country in the past two weeks. The attacks began on October 21st with a rebel assault on the police station read more

British Government Reiterates Colombia Travel Warning, Vast Areas Considered Unsafe

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 November 2010

British Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne yesterday told Parliament that the Foreign Office advised against “all but essential travel” to two vast regions of Colombia due to high levels of guerrilla activity in both areas. According to Mr Browne the province of Arauca, on Colombia’s border with Venezuela, and read more

Massacre of Indigenous People in Southern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 November 2010

Four members of the Awa indigenous community in the southern Colombian province of Narino have been massacred in the latest attack against Colombia’s indigenous people. Another indigenous man, a member of the Yukpa group, was also killed in northeast Colombia, whilst the numbers of threats against indigenous groups and their read more

UK Government Raises Concerns of Army Links to Paramilitary Death Squads in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 November 2010

The British Foreign Office yesterday confirmed that the UK’s Embassy in Bogota has raised concerns with the Colombian authorities about ongoing collaboration between members of the Colombian Army and illegal paramilitary death squads. The concerns were expressed after a visit last month by UK diplomats to the ‘peace read more

Second Opposition Leader Assassinated in Colombia in Less than a Week

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 4 November 2010

A leading member of the Democratic Pole opposition party in Colombia has been killed just five days after another party leader was murdered in the latest upsurge in violence against opponents of the regime in Bogota. Elizabeth Silva Aguilar, a party activist in the city of Bucaramanga who read more

National Union of Teachers Asks for Investigation into Death Threats against Colombian Teachers

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 4 November 2010

The leader of the British National Union of Teachers (NUT) today wrote to the British Ambassador in Colombia asking him to urge the Colombian authorities to investigate “a systematic campaign of harassment and threats against several trade unionists” and to encourage the Colombian Government to bring those responsible to justice. read more

Nine Killed During Night of Violence in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 3 November 2010

At least nine people were killed last night and early this morning in the Colombian capital of Bogota with six of the victims apparently murdered by death squads that are active in several poorer neighbourhoods of the city. The killings began at around 11pm when four armed men arrived in read more

Getting Colombia Wrong MPs Letter to Prospect Magazine

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 1 November 2010

In September the magazine Prospect carried an article in which it was claimed that Colombia was a ‘success story’ and that it should serve as an example to other countries, like Afghanistan, that are suffering from conflicts. The November issue of the magazine carried a letter from several Members of read more