Human Rights Defender Arrested

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 30 December 2007

On December 26th members of the SIJIN special police unit arrested human rights defender Hector Hugo Torres in the neighbourhood of Bosa in the Colombian capital Bogotá. He has been accused of the crime of 'rebellion'.Shortly after his detention Mr Torres was transferred to the city of Villavicencio, a read more

Colombian Army assassinates 63-year-old trade unionist

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 29 December 2007

On December 28th trade unionist Sigifredo Higuera Ramirez was shot in the head by a soldier of the 'Manuel Murillo Toro' 1st Communications Battalion of the Colombian Army. A former worker at the NESTLE plant in Colombia, Mr Ramirez, had been an active member of the SINALTRAINAL trade union read more

Army Assassinates Three More Civilians

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 December 2007

The Colombian Army continue to carry out extra-judicial executions in the region of Antioquia with absolute impunity. This is despite repeated calls by the UN human rights office in Bogotá to end this practice.The region in which the latest murders have taken place – eastern Antioquia department – has read more

Abuses Continue in Narino Department

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 27 December 2007

Human rights groups in the south western Colombian department of Narino have reported on a recent upsurge in repression against the civilian population. According to witnesses soldiers have been attacking and threatening to kill people, detaining and torturing civilians and stealing or damaging property, animals and other items from read more

A Month of Terror for Peace Community

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 December 2007

A paramilitary death squad is operating alongside of the Colombian army and police to terrorise the San Jose Peace Community – a region in north-eastern Colombia that has declared itself neutral and asked all armed actors in the Colombian conflict to stay away from their communities.In the past month paramilitaries read more

Colombian Ambassador to London Resigns Amid Assassination Allegations

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 21 December 2007

In a fresh blow for the Colombian Government's diplomatic efforts, the Colombian Ambassador to Britain, Carlos Medellin Becerra, has resigned his post in response to press reports that an official close to the Colombia President, Alvaro Uribe, was linked to the assassination of his father-in-law.According to the Colombian news weekly read more

Ongoing Abuse at University of Caldas

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 December 2007

The Colombian trade union federation CUT and the National Association of University Students (ACEU), have issued a public protest against the ongoing persecution being suffered by two student leaders and a university professor at the hands of the Colombian state security forces. The three individuals being persecuted, university professor read more

Trade Union Leader Receives Death Threats

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 17 December 2007

Antonio Amaya, President of the ACA trade union in the department of Arauca, has received further death threats referring directly to his work as a trade unionist. The most recent threats arrived at Mr Amaya's home in the town of Arauquita. They coincided with a petition submitted read more

Human Rights Abuser Promoted

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 14 December 2007

A Brigadier General in the National Police of Colombia has been promoted despite the fact that he is being investigated for illegally tapping the phones of human rights groups – taps that led, in at least one case, to the forced disappearance of two human rights defenders. Brigadier General read more

Opposition Politician Murdered by the Army

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Soldiers from the 'Caicedo' Battalion of the Colombian Army have assassinated Ricardo Juanias Hernandez of the Democratic Pole (PDA) opposition party. Demands by national PDA leaders for those responsible to be brought to justice have been ignored. The December 4th assassination of Mr Juanias, who was shot 17 read more

Union Receives Two Death Threats in Two Days

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 8 December 2007

Leaders of the Colombian food and drink workers trade union SINALTRAINAL received written paramilitary death threats yesterday and the day before telling them that they will be killed if they do not give up their trade union activities.Yesterday's (December 7th) threats arrived at the union's offices in the city of read more

Police Threaten Mother of Murdered Student Leader

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Ana Benilda Angel Orjuela, the mother of a student leader murdered by police, has written an open letter to the Commander of the special ESMAD riot unit of the Colombian Police denouncing how she has been persecuted and received death threats from ESMAD officers because she is seeking justice for read more

More Extra-Judicial Executions in Casanare Region

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 1 December 2007

After committing four murders earlier in the year soldiers of the 16th Brigade of the Colombian Army have carried out yet another assassination in the department of Casanare. This time the victim was 41-year-old Misael Arturo Mojica Toscano.According to reports from local residents the assassination occurred at around 2pm read more