Military Rescue Ends in Tragedy

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Colombians for Peace have expressed their solidarity with the relatives of Colonel Edgar Yesid Duarte Valero, Major Elkin Hernandez Rivas, Sergeant Jose Libio Martinez Estrada and Mayor Alvaro Moreno, hostages who were executed by FARC guerrillas during an alleged military rescue operation carried out by the Colombian army on 26th read more

Tony Lloyd MP Letter on Colombia Human Rights Published in The Observer

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 27 November 2011

Colombia's human rights We have noted with interest the appearance of articles focusing on Colombia and President Juan Manuel Santos's visit to the UK (In Focus; Letters). While we agree that drugs have been a serious problem for Colombia over the last 30 years, we are concerned about the read more

Villagers in Casanare Fear Impending Massacre

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 November 2011

Villagers in the settlements of El Paraiso and Los Lirios in Casanare department have reported to human rights groups that they fear an imminent massacre by paramilitaries. According to reports, the inhabitants were approached by a man in civilian clothes, who identified himself as a member of the army and read more

Damaged Peasant Property in Meta Peasants in Meta Denounce Army Abuses

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Fals Borda human rights organisation has reported over 30 cases of human rights abuses and abuses of humanitarian law by the Colombian armed forces in the Ariari and Guayabero area of Meta department between March and November 2011. The most affected areas have been near the towns of La read more

Human Rights Groups Denounce Arbitrary Arrest

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

MOVICE, the National Victims’ Movement has reported the arbitrary detention of Luis Alfredo Fernandez, treasurer of CPDH (Permanent Committee of Human Rights) in Algeciras. His arrest comes alongside the accusations made against other leaders of CPDH, Diego Martinez and Jairo Ramirez. Luis Alfredo is a survivor of the Patriotic Union, read more

North American NGOs Express Support for CAJAR Lawyers

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Organizations Across North America Express Support for CCAJAR and the Inter-American Human Rights System November 21, 2011 - Twenty-five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from across Canada, the United States and Mexico have signed statements and sent letters of support for the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CCAJAR) read more

Army troops on operations Human Rights Groups in Colombian South West Denounce Army Abuses

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Human rights groups in South-Western Colombia have reported a series of abuses in the department of Cauca, and Valle del Cauca. The village of San Isidro in Pradera municipality is controlled by the army’s 3rd Engineer Battalion, yet on the night of the 15th of November two hooded and masked read more

Minister admits links with bloody Colombian army

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Labour MPs rang the alarm bells today after a government minister suddenly admitted that Britain's armed forces are co-operating with the brutal army of death-ravaged Colombia. Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne blurted out the revelation as he was replying to an impassioned parliamentary debate on severe violations of human rights read more

Read the Parliamentary Debate on Human Rights in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The full text of the parliamentary debate is available here: read more

UK MPs highlight human rights abuses in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 22 November 2011

UK MPs highlight human rights abuses in Colombia during packed adjournment debate whilst Santos visits London London - Tuesday November 22nd November 2011 Over 20 British MPs attended a packed adjournment debate on the human rights crisis in Colombia. The debate, proposed by Jim Sheridan MP of the 80 members read more

Parlamentarios del Reino Unido destacan abusos de derechos humanos en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Parlamentarios del Reino Unido destacan abusos de derechos humanos en Colombia en debate parlamentario repleto durante visita de Santos a Londres Londres – Martes Noviembre 22, 2011 Más de 20 parlamentarios británicos asistieron a un debate repleto en el parlamento, sobre la crisis de los derechos humanos en Colombia. read more

UK MPs to Debate Colombia Human Rights Tomorrow in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 21 November 2011

Colombia Human Rights to be debated in Commons during Santos visit. There has been considerable coverage over the weekend of the visit to Britain by President Santos of Colombia. According to Santos Colombia is on the road to prosperity and he is attempting to deal with a difficult legacy. However, read more

Alvaro Uribe Congressman: Uribe Set up Paramilitary Group

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Congressman Ivan Cepeda, the national spokesperson of the MOVICE National Victim’s Movement has revealed the material from two interviews he carried out with former paramilitaries in which they describe how Alvaro Uribe played a key role in setting up a paramilitary group. According to Cepeda understanding Uribe’s role in the read more

Colombian Human Rights Organisation Calls for Protection and Demilitarisation

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 November 2011

The Francisco Isaías Cifuentes human rights organisation has reported the gathering of 179 families from the settlements of El Vergel and El Pedregal, in the town of Caloto, Cauca department. The villagers are demanding that the State fulfil its obligation to provide them protection as stipulated by the Inter-American Court read more

Colombian Student Demonstrations Repressed

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 November 2011

On November 10th the Colombian student movement organised a series of demonstrations across the country. In Popayan, Cauca, students at the University of Cauca organised a day of action to defend public education. The demonstration passed peacefully until, ESMAD riot police with armoured cars and trucks moved in to repress read more

Human Rights Defender and Trade Unionist Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 13 November 2011

Human rights organisations in the south of Colombia report that the Vice President of the ASTRACAVA agricultural workers’ union, a FENSUAGRO affiliate, has received death threats. Maria Fernanda Torres, an active campaigner for the Democratic Pole opposition party was asleep in her house when unidentified men banged on her windows read more

USO Strike Repressed by Riot Police

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 November 2011

USO, the Colombian oil workers’ union has reported that riot police violently repressed workers in Cartagena and Barrancabermeja during a 24 hour strike called on 9th November to demand that the government, the national oil company, Ecopetrol, and foreign oil companies all respect trade union rights. In Barrancabermeja 15 workers read more

Students Force Santos to Retreat on Education Reform

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 November 2011

Colombian student mobilisations have forced the Santos government to consider withdrawing the proposed reform to Law 30 (on education). The changes envisioned by the government include the privatisation of university education and the introduction of fees for public universities. Students responded to the proposed reforms with months of growing mobilisation. read more

Widespread Reports of Electoral Fraud in Colombia’s Elections

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 November 2011

Colombian media have reported widespread vote-rigging and vote-buying across large areas of Colombia before and during the October 30th regional and municipal elections. According to Voz, the opposition newspaper the fraud shows the increased sophistication of such fraud, which is a chronic problem in Colombia, undermining its claim to be read more

Colombian Students Send Message of Solidarity to UK Marchers

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Colombian university students’ union, ACEU has sent a “warm embrace and greeting from Colombia” to the British students demonstrating in London today. Colombian students have spent the last months engaged in a similar struggle against the privatisation of universities planned by the Juan Manuel Santos government. Hundreds of read more

Civil Society Organisations Support Student Mobilisation

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Colombian civil society organisations grouped in the Patriotic March and Open Council have declared their support for the mobilisations of Colombian students and teaching professionals against Juan Manuel Santos’ education reforms. Colombian students have been mobilising against the proposed reforms to Law 30 for several months. They oppose proposals read more

Colombia’s Neighbours Offer to Mediate Peace

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011

This Tuesday the Presidents of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia met in Bogota with President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss reviving the almost moribund Andean Community. The Andean Community countries had not met for 3 years, in the wake of the Colombian attack on Ecuadorean territory in 2008 which killed FARC read more

El Descanso Mine Another Worker Dies in Preventable Accident at Drummond Mine in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Funtraenergetica, the Colombian mining and energy workers’ union has reported the death of Winston A. Romero Celedon a 40 year old excavator operator in Drummond’s ‘El Descanso’ mine. According to the union Mr Romero was electrocuted whilst working in an area where he had not been informed there was a read more

Colombian FARC Leader Killed

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Alfonso Cano (Guillermo Leon Sanchez) the 63 year-old leader of the FARC guerrillas was killed on Friday night in a military operation by the Colombian army. His killing has been greeted with triumph by the Colombian media and the elite, with many once more repeating that the end is nigh read more

Army Kill Civilian in Illegal Bombardment of Civilian Homes

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 7 November 2011

A military operation that took place on the same day as Farc leader Alfonso Cano was killed has resulted in yet another civilian falling victim to the conflict. Army aircraft bombed an area of three hectares between the villages of El Palmar and Santa Lucia near the town of Puerto read more

Colombia's Ecopetrol challenged over human rights record

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 7 November 2011

From the BBC: Colombians recently had a rare opportunity to buy a stake in the state-owned Ecopetrol company, but critics complain that it still has questions to answer over its record on human rights and the environment. Colourful television advertisements featuring native reptiles were used to sell the read more

Colombians for Peace Statement on Death of FARC Leader

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 7 November 2011

The death of Alfonso Cano – a harsh blow to peace in Colombia From Colombians for Peace we express our deep preoccupation for the future of Colombia and its immediate destiny. By prioritising armed confrontation over a political solution through dialogue and negotiation, the government shows that it lacks a read more

Colombian Prisoner Beaten to Death by Guards

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Colombian prisoners held in Yard 7 of the La Dorada prison in Caldas have reported that one of their number, Ricardo Alfonso Contreras has died following an “excessive beating” by INPEC prison guards. Prisoners report that their protests in the prison are routinely met with violence, and that protests in read more

US NGO Says 20 Land Rights Leaders Killed Under Santos

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 November 2011

New Report Shows Colombian Land Rights Leaders are in Peril The US Office on Colombia (USOC) released a report today on the plight of land rights leaders in Colombia. “Against All Odds: The Deadly Struggle of Land Rights Leaders in Colombia” shows that twenty land rights leaders read more

Rubiales Workers Call for Strike Action

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Workers in Colombia’s largest oil field, the Rubiales field, have gone on strike for the third time this year. The encamped workers report that they are currently surrounded by at least 800 ESMAD riot police as well as army troops and other police. One person from the workers’ coordinating committee read more