Social leader killed in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 20 December 2017

On Tuesday 19 December, in the zone of Pan de Azucar, department of Cauca, residents found the body of Alfonso Pérez Mellizo after he had failed to return home from a community meeting the previous evening. He had been shot four times. Alfonso had been involved in coordinating community read more



Colombia's attorney general warns of 'systematic pattern' of violence against social leaders

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Colombia is facing a systematic campaign of violence against social leaders, according to the country's attorney general Nestor Humberto Martinez. 'The origin has multiple causes, but we are already identifying a few concerning phenomena', he said. This is mainly due to 'eventual presence of what is left of the read more



Social leader killed in Magdalena, third victim in 24 hours

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Last Friday 15 December, in Las Canoas in the department of Magdalena, peasant farmer and rural activist José Rafael de la Hoz Villa was murdered by a group of men as he returned home from a meeting of conflict victims that he helped coordinate. According to reports, José was attacked read more



Social leaders demand security and land restitution in violent regions

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 18 December 2017

A group of 25 social leaders and family members of murder victims travelled to Bogota from their home regions in Bajo Atrato (Chocó) and Urabá (Antioquia) to demand security guarantees for their communities, which are among the worst-affected by political violence in the country. The group accused business interests read more



Colombian army kills COCCAM member, the organisation's 20th victim this year

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 18 December 2017

On 15 December, Colombian soldiers killed Alexander José Padilla Cruz in the Tierra Alta zone in the department of Córdoba. Alexander was a member of the National Coordinator of Coca, Poppy and Marijuana Growers (COCCAM), an organisation of agricultural workers involved in the development of alternative crop programmes under the read more



Report finds increase in aggression towards human rights activists in Antioquia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 15 December 2017

A new report has found that aggressions towards human rights defenders in Antioquia has increased this year, with around 250 aggressive acts committed against them so far in 2017. The report by the Nodo Antioquia coordination body, which includes researchers from Colombia, the United States and the European Union, read more



FARC member murdered in Ituango

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 15 December 2017

On 13 December, demobilised FARC member Jhon Jairo Ortiz Betancur was killed in the town of Ituango, department of Antioquia. He is the fourth FARC member killed in Ituango since the peace agreement was signed in November 2016. Around 30 have been killed overall. The new FARC political party - read more



Community leader murdered in Mapiripán, Meta

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 14 December 2017

On 2 December, community leader Carlos Arturo Mena Rentería was murdered in Mapiripán, department of Meta. According to Moises Ortiz, another local community leader, 'people are very worried because they'd known Carlos for many years and he was a very well-known leader'. Mapiripán is the location of one read more



Huber Ballesteros: 'Is the regime planning to break the peace agreement?'

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Colombian trade union leader and political activist Huber Ballesteros has written an article in Prensa Rural calling the Colombian government to task over its failure to implement the peace process and accused the state of being controlled by particular establishment groups. Huber was jailed in 2013 without read more



ESMAD security forces continue to attack indigenous protesters in Cauca

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Following the police killing of indigenous journalist Efigenia Vásquez in October, ESMAD riot police have continued to attack protesters in the Kokonuko zone in Cauca where Efigenia worked, lived and was killed. Dario Tonte, one of the protest organisers, was seriously injured by a projectile fired by ESMAD troops. read more



Paramilitaries murder social leader in Chocó

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Paramilitaries have killed another social leader in the department of Chocó, western Colombia. Hernán Bedoya was coordinating land claims by displacement victims forced to leave their homes during the armed conflict. He was shot dead as he returned home from work in the settlement of Playa Roja. According to read more



Gunmen attack two trade unionists in southern Colombia, killing one

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 11 December 2017

Unidentified assailants attacked two trade unionists belonging to the FENSUAGRO agricultural trade union, leaving one man dead and another seriously injured. On 4 December Alfonso Giraldo Valencia was shot dead by two men outside the home he shared with his wife and three children in Puerto Vega Teteye, department of read more



Diputados entregan declaración sobre el proceso de paz colombiano en el parlamento británico

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 11 December 2017

El 1 de diciembre de 2017, diputados entregaron la siguiente declaración sobre el proceso de paz colombiano en el parlamento británico: 'La Cámara manifiesta su inquietud por la "creciente preocupación" expresada por el Subsecretario General de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, Jeffrey Feltman en el 15 de noviembre read more



MPs table Early Day Motion on Colombian peace process in British parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 11 December 2017

On 1 December, MPs submitted the following Early Day Motion on the Colombian peace process in the British parliament: 'That this House is alarmed at the growing concern expressed by UN Under-Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman in November 2017 on the state of the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement; read more