NUJ Honorary Member Claudia Duque Journalists Targeted in Paramilitary Threats

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 28 February 2011

On the 15th of February five Colombian journalists, along with two human rights organisations, received emailed death threats from the paramilitary group, ‘Black Eagles Central Command’. The targeted journalists include Claudia Duque, an honorary member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Eduardo Marquez, the President of the Colombian read more

Youth Leader Forcibly Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 27 February 2011

On the morning of February 22nd 2011, youth leader Sergio Leonardo Herrera Charry, 25 yrs, coordinator of the Itoco Youth Network, left home to go to classes at the National Pedagogical University. The social sciences student did not reappear until the night of the 26th of February, having been forcibly read more

Colombian Political Prisoner Samuel Rojas FREED!

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 27 February 2011

Samuel Rojas, a leading Colombian human rights defender imprisoned for five months on false charges of “rebellion” has been absolved of all crimes and has been finally released from prison. Samuel worked in the region of La Macarena, the site of the grave of hundreds of unidentified bodies – suspected read more

MEPs Highlight Colombian State Involvement in Forced Disappearances

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 February 2011

MEPs concerned about the disappearance on February 17th of environmental activist Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego have written to President Santos calling for him to use all his authority to make sure she appears alive. They highlight the involvement of the state in many cases of forced disappearances, saying “members of read more

Sandra Cuellar Environmental Activist Disappears in Cali

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Sandra Viviana Cuellar Gallego, 26, disappeared in Cali on 17th February while on her way to work at the National University campus in the nearby town of Palmira. Sandra Cuellar is an environmentalist and campaigner, who had worked for two years with the Censat Agua Viva environmental organisation. Her work read more

Colombian Union Leader Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Luz Marina Hache Contreras , a leading member of the Colombian Judicial Workers’ Union, Asonal Judicial has again received death threats after suffering years of constant intimidation. The call came through to her home phone on the evening of February 7th. When she answered, there was an initial silence before read more

Death Threats Against Student Leader

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 18 February 2011

Fernando Martes, a student leader at Colombia’s Atlantic University and a member of the Federation of University Students (FEU) National Executive has received the latest in a series of threats against members of the FEU. In December Roberto Camargo, the head of the Atlantic Coast Retired Persons Association, was given read more

Massacre in Putumayo – Youngest Victim 5 Year Old Girl

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 18 February 2011

On February 11th, armed men forced their way into the home of 59 year old Luz Marina Roa Alfonso in the village of Dios Pena in San Miguel, Putumayo Department. There they proceeded to machete her to death, before going on to kill 35 year-old Luz Mery Roa Roa, the read more

Army Violates Law During Fighting

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 17 February 2011

Two children were wounded, and civilian homes and public buildings damaged during recent fighting in Cauca. Local communities of mestizo and indigenous peasants organised in the Caloto Peasant Reserve Association, affiliated to FENSUAGRO, have accused the armed forces of repression and threats as well as placing civilians in danger by read more

Army’s 12th Mobile Brigade Terrorises Peasant Farmers

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 February 2011

FENSUAGRO, the Colombian agricultural workers’ union, has reported that the army’s 12th Mobile Brigade has been terrorising the local population of Laurel in Vistahermosa, Meta Department. The Brigade arrived in the area on the 7th of February 2011, with troops ransacking the house of one peasant and leaving in their read more

Paramilitaries and Army Continue to Operate Together in Cauca – Civilian Dismembered

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 February 2011

The Inter-ecclesiastical Justice and Peace Commission has accused state forces of committing serious and systematic human rights abuses in the municipality of Argelia in Cauca department, Southern Colombia and of being accomplices of paramilitary crimes, since they do nothing to protect the local communities from them. The situation of the read more

Indigenous Communities Demand to be Consulted

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 12 February 2011

The indigenous communities of Canamomio, Lomaprieta de Riosucio and Supia, in Caldas Department have protested against the Colombian government’s granting of a permit to Antioquia Gold to explore and mine 2800 hectares of land, some of which is in indigenous territory. On Sunday February 6th indigenous representatives met with read more

Third Teacher This Year Assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Carlos Ayala of the ASEP Putumayo Educators’ Union was shot by gunmen as he left his home on February 5th 2011. Severely wounded, he was taken to hospital in Puerto Asis where he later died. Mr Ayala was the Director of the Caucasia Rural Education Institute. His murder is the read more

The text reads: No Accident - Mining Blasts are the Result of Union Repression

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 5 February 2011

On Tuesday 1st February an explosion in a mine killed 5 miners, just days after 21 miners were killed in a blast at the La Preciosa mine in Sardinata, North-East of the Colombian capital Bogota. The five miners killed on Tuesday lost their lives in the La Escondida coal mine read more

Another Teacher Killed in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 4 February 2011

On the 30th of January Humberto de Jesus Espinoza Diaz left his home accompanied by his brother, on their way to visit Humberto's 11 year-old son. As they travelled on the road towards the town of Pereira they were stopped by armed men who shot and killed him. Humberto was read more

Human Rights Watch Report – Abuses Continue

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Colombia chapter of the recently released Human Rights Watch world report 2010 makes for sorry reading, despite not containing any novelties for those familiar with the Colombian conflict. The report notes that violence continues by all armed actors in the conflict; the paramilitaries, guerrillas and state security forces. read more

Colombian Military Distorts the Truth Over Battle Near Peace Community

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The following article “The Battle Next Door: An Insider’s Experience with Colombian Military Discourse” by Isaac Beachy provides a glimpse of the reality of the Colombian civil war as experienced by the San Jose Peace Community. It is also an interesting example of how the Colombian armed forces routinely distort read more