War is Far From Over

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 31 December 2010

On Monday December 20th President Santos held a ceremony for troops and police wounded in combat. During the ceremony he admitted that so far this year 460 of them have been killed and over 2,000 wounded in the internal conflict. This tragic figure reveals that which most media reports hide read more

Massacres and Threats Across Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 30 December 2010

Human Rights organisations in the Cauca department of Colombia have reported an escalation of threats against local peasant, afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, who are resisting efforts by mining companies to displace them. The Colombian government has claimed it will enforce respect for human rights, yet events in Cauca show that read more

Wikileaks: Killing of Civilians Widespread in Uribe’s Army

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 December 2010

In early December Wikileaks released a February 2009 US embassy cable that exposed the divisions within the Colombian armed forces over human rights. The cable describes discussions with Army Inspector General, Major General Carlos Suarez, who was assigned to investigate extrajudicial executions by then defence minister Juan Manuel Santos, who read more

Human Rights Lawyer Survives Assassination Attempt

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 December 2010

William Cristancho Duarte, a lawyer representing victims of extrajudicial executions by the armed forces, narrowly escaped being killed on 10th December 2010 while on his way to the Palogordo Prison in Giron. He had previously received death threats in October 2010 on the day of a hearing against several military read more

Human Rights Defenders Still Under Threat

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 December 2010

The publication of a report on human rights defenders in Colombia has indicated that although human rights groups appreciate the government’s change in rhetoric with regard to human rights defenders, they have yet to see any concrete improvements in their situation. The report states that between December 10th 2009 and read more

Cordoba University Once Again Declared a “Military Target” by Paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 December 2010

During December leaflets calling Cordoba university a ‘military target’ were circulated by the ‘Los Paisas’ paramilitary organisation. The leaflets contained bomb threats and death threats stating that the university rector, and both the presidents of ASPU (university lecturers’ union) and SINTRAUNICOL (the university administration workers’ union) would be assassinated. Further read more

Human Rights Defender and Student Leader Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 December 2010

Eduardo Castro Caamano, the regional General Secretary of the ACEU Student’s Union and a member of the National Victims Movement (MOVICE) has received death threats adding to the long list of human rights defenders in the region under threat. The Sucre branch of MOVICE was set up in read more

Peasants of El Tamarindo Under Threat

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 December 2010

On December 13th 2010 four men, two wearing security firm insignia, and two wearing military fatigues, arrived at the area known as El Tamarindo, Atlantico Department in Northern Colombia. They approached a man working the fields and told him that they were looking for local peasant farmer Henry Julian Blanco read more

Police End Workers’ Strike in Coca Cola Bottling Plant

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 December 2010

22nd December 2010 On December 21st police in armoured cars and riot gear broke into Coca Cola’s Medellin bottling plant which had been occupied by striking sub-contracted workers. The police entered firing tear gas dispersing the workers and occupying the plant, thus ending the strike and forcing the workers to read more

Police Execute Young Man, More Families Displaced in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 December 2010

At 2.00am on Monday 20th December Eduar Andres Paz, a young man from El Mango, Argelia municipality, in the south western province of Cauca, was murdered by police who fired on him with automatic rifles. According to witnesses, he was shot dead whilst walking home after tripping on a post read more

The Santo Domingo Massacre – 12 years of impunity

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 December 2010

The 13th December 2010 marked twelve years since aircraft of the Colombian airforce bombed the village of Santo Domingo in Arauca province, killing 17 people - including 6 children - Jaime Castro Bello (4yrs), Edna Margarita Bello Tilano (5yrs), Luis Carlos Neite Mendez (5yrs), Deicy Katerine Cárdenas Tilano (7yrs), Oscar read more

Prisoner Denied Medical Treatment Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 December 2010

On December 20th 2010, Jose Albeiro Manjarres was taken to hospital and diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer requiring urgent surgery. His fellow inmates at the Giron High Security Prison claim he had been denied proper treatment since July 2010, when he first began complaining of stomach pains, vomiting, loss of read more

Mass Grave Update

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 18 December 2010

Human Rights organisations in the region of Meta have announced that many of the 1505 unidentified bodies found in 3 mass graves just in one region of Colombia are likely to be victims of the armed forces, as with the mass grave discovered in December 2009 next to an army read more

Mass Grave Confirmed in Granada, Meta

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 17 December 2010

Thanks to the denunciations of Colombian Congressman Ivan Cepeda, the Justice and Peace Unit of the Attorney General’s Office has registered a mass grave of 42 unidentified bodies, as well as several graves containing another 24 bodies in the town of Granada in Meta province. The discovery was made possible read more

A soldier at the site of the mass grave outside the La Macarena army base Threats Rise in La Macarena

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Human Rights organisations in Meta have denounced operations by troops of the 3rd Mobile Brigade of the Colombian Army which have seen local houses violently raided and members of the community threatened. On December 15th the community of the municipality of La Macarena reported the presence in local farms and read more

Locals Pay Respect to Children Murdered by Army

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Tame, Arauca. More than a thousand people gathered in the village of Flor Amarrillo to mark the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to pay their respects to Jenni (14 years), Jeferson (9 years) and Jimi (6 years) Torres Jaimes, who were brutally read more

Police kill youth in cold blood

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 December 2010

On the evening of 13th December 2010 heavily armed police stormed into the Maria Oriente Neighbourhood of the city of Popayan, threatening the inhabitants. They broke into the house of 17-year old Yersen Hoyos Cordoba without an arrest warrant, dragged him out into the street and proceeded to shoot him read more

Army fires at Children in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 December 2010

During August 2010 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights requested that 179 families from the villages of El Vergel and El Pedregal in Cauca province, south west Colombia, be given protective measures by the Colombian State due to the security risks that they face. However, on 28th November 2010 Jimena read more

Trade Unionist Killed in Saravena

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 13 December 2010

The Joel Sierra Human Rights Foundation has reported that Alberto Hernandez, a member and former president of the SIDEMS municipal workers trade union, was shot and killed at 7pm on December 13th 2010 in the city of Saravena in Arauca province. Public sector workers continue to be at high risk read more

New US Report Reveals Shocking Number of Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 11 December 2010

On 10th December - International Human Rights Day - the Latin America Working Group and the US Office on Colombia launched “Breaking the Silence”, a report detailing the tragedy of the thousands of disappeared in Colombia. The report notes that the setting up of a new database has led to read more

President Santos of Colombia with General Padilla before his appointment as Ambassador to Austria Colombia Appoints Notorious Human Rights Abuser as Ambassador to Austria

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Colombian Government has named a former military commander as its new Ambassador to Colombia despite his alleged involvement in assassinations of trade unionists, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition. Former Army General Freddy Padilla de Leon has also been accused of collaborating with paramilitary death squads, read more