Human rights activist arbitrarily stopped by army and intimidated at gunpoint

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 29 February 2016

Deivin Hurtado, a leading human rights activist and Head of the South-West Colombia Human Rights Network, has been arbitrarily stopped by the army and intimidated at gunpoint. Around 8pm on the evening of 23rd March, as he was driving his motorbike through a village in Cauca, his path was obstructed read more

Cuba and Norway announce return to the negotiating table after recent crisis

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 February 2016

After a major crisis in the peace talks last week the government of Colombia and the FARC have now returned to the negotiating table. In a joint statement to the press on 24th February Cuba and Norway, the guarantor countries of the peace process, said that an agreement to overcome read more

Prisoners on hunger strike for failure to improve conditions in Colombia's most notorious prison

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 February 2016

Prisoners in Colombia’s most notorious prison, the High Security Penitentiary of Valledupar, known as La Tramacúa, have been on hunger strike since 23rd February. They are protesting against the government’s failure to comply with the 2014 Constitutional Court ruling that if the prison did not improve conditions within a year read more

Police violently arrest individual after day of protest against police brutality

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 February 2016

On the evening of 24th February Emilio Torres Vega was violently detained by the police after attending activities organised in the centre of Bogotá to campaign against police violence. Torres Vega was detained when eating with friends after the protest. After what seems to have been a misunderstanding, he was read more

Parlamentarios de 5 partidos presentan una moción apoyando el proceso de paz

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 25 February 2016

Esta cámara felicita al gobierno de la república de Colombia y a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia por los avances históricos logrados en el proceso de paz en la Habana; hace una llamada a ambas partes a seguir las negociaciones, superar las recientes dificultades y volver al compromiso constructivo read more

MPs from 5 parties table an EDM supporting peace process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 25 February 2016

MPs from 5 parties have tabled an Early Day Motion supporting the Colombian peace process and calling on all parties to overcome difficulties: That this House commends the historic advances reached by the government of the Republic of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as part of the read more

MPs send letter supporting peace talks after recent crisis

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia (PFC), a group of more than 80 MPs from the UK Parliament, have sent a letter restating their “inequivocal support” for the peace process after the recent crisis in the negotiations. They have expressed their concern about the difficulties faced following the visit of members read more

Parlamentarios envian carta apoyando las negociaciones después de reciente crisis

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 24 February 2016

El Grupo Parlamentario Amigos de Colombia (PFC), que representa a más de 80 miembros del parlamento británico, envió una carta a la mesa de negociaciones reiterando su “apoyo inequívoco” para el proceso de paz después de la reciente crisis. Expresaron su preocupación sobre las dificultades enfrentadas después de una visita read more

Investigation into dismemberments and disappearances in Colombian prisons

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Colombian authorities are investigating a horrific case concerning the dismembered remains of more than a hundred people found in ‘La Modelo’ prison in Bogotá. The body parts, which were found in the prison’s sewage system, date back to between 1998 and 2001 when paramilitaries and drug traffickers perpetrated disappearances and read more

Unite call for fair trial for Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Unite today sent a letter to the Colombian Attorney General's Office to call for a fair trial for Huber Ballesteros. His long-delayed trial is due to start on Wednesday 24 February. To see a copy of the letter click above left. read more

Polemic over visit by FARC leadership to Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

A polemic is being played out in Colombia over the visit of members of the FARC leadership to a small town in north-east Colombia. Iván Márquez, Joaquín Gómez and Jesús Santrich, all members of the FARC’s negotiating team in the peace talks in Havana, arrived in the town of Fonseca, read more

CSI escribe carta a la fiscalía sobre caso Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

La Confederación Sindical Internacional ha escrito una carta a la Fiscalía expresando su preocupación sobre la detención del líder sindical Huber Ballesteros. read more

Huber Ballesteros denied release in latest hearing

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 22 February 2016

At a hearing on 19th February the imprisoned trade union leader Huber Ballesteros was denied a request for the withdrawal of the detention order against him. The hearing had initially been scheduled for 8th February but was delayed. On rejecting the petition, the judge presiding repeated the argument of the read more

Priest threatened by paramilitaries in Tumaco

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Inter-Church Justice and Peace Commission have denounced paramilitary threats against a priest in the city of Tumaco, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. Marcial Gamboa Valencia received threatening phone calls and text messages on 9th February from the paramilitary leader Alfredo Garcia Rojas. He was warned he would be killed if read more

Imprisoned academic Miguel Angel Beltran on hunger strike

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The imprisoned academic Miguel Ángel Beltrán has joined the hunger strike currently being carried out by political prisoners and prisoners of war throughout Colombia. The striking prisoners are demanding that the government fulfills their word about sending in urgently needed medical brigades, which were promised last November. In a video read more

Alarming feminicide statistics reported in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 15 February 2016

Since the beginning of 2016 alarming statistics on feminicides have been reported in Colombia. There have been multiple killings of women throughout the country; in the department of Valle del Cauca in south-west Colombia there were 14 feminicides in only 28 days. The majority of victims are killed by their read more

Threats against human rights activists and local communities in various regions

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 February 2016

There have been reports of harassment and intimidation of human rights leaders and threats against local communities in various parts of Colombia. In Chocó department, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) has reported threats against the community of Peñaloza by paramilitary groups, which read more

FARC prisoners across Colombia on second hunger strike

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 February 2016

FARC prisoners across the country are once again on hunger strike, calling on the government to provide the medical brigades and special prison yards promised as part of a humanitarian gesture in November. More than 350 FARC prisoners in jails in Arauca, Tunja, Florencia, Yopal, Bogotá and Cali have gone read more

Extrajudicial killing of fisherman by armed forces

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 February 2016

On 31st January a local fisherman was shot dead by the Colombian armed forces. Perfecto Anchico Orobio was fishing in the municipality of Guapi, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast when he was shot by a waterborne infantry battalion. Human rights groups have denounced the extrajudicial killing by the armed forces. read more

Written Parliamentary Questions on Colombia to the Foreign Office Minister

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 12 February 2016

Jim Shannon, Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health, Transport, Equality) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Colombian government on steps to tackle paramilitary groups in the Nariño region of the country. Hugo Swire, The Minister of State, read more

The Wages of Plan Colombia Have Been Death

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Wages of Plan Colombia Have Been Death By: Daniel Kovalik The AUC have been responsible for torture, extrajudicial killings, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Plan Colombia’s 15th anniversary will be celebrated in Washington Thursday. But the legacy of the plan is marked by massacres, read more

Imprisoned FARC combatant dies after lack of medical care

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The FARC have criticized negligent health care in Colombian prisons, which has led to the death of an imprisoned FARC combatant. On Friday 6th February Jhon Jairo Moreno Hernández died of a liver-related disease he had been suffering from since 2013. He had been included on a list of prisoners read more

Pardoned FARC combatant denounces threats after release

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 February 2016

A former imprisoned FARC combatant, who was one of a group of FARC members pardoned by the Colombian government and released as part of a humanitarian peace gesture, has reported death threats against him. Wilson Antonio López Tamayo, who had been gravely ill in prison, returned to Medellín to his read more

TUC, MPs and JFC send letters to Attorney General calling for Huber Ballesteros' release

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 February 2016

Since the arrest of the prominent trade union leader Huber Ballesteros, the TUC, Justice for Colombia and the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia have campaigned tirelessly for his release. Imprisoned on charges of ‘rebellion’ and ‘financing terrorism’, the case against Huber Ballesteros has been plagued by irregularities, an absence of due read more

Press release: Huber Ballesteros hearing 8 February

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 February 2016

Press release: International and National Campaign “I Name You Freedom” The National and International Campaign “I Name You Freedom” denounces the violations of the basic human rights of the imprisoned trade union leader Huber Ballesteros. It calls on international human rights organizations, the Office of the United Nations High read more

McGovern Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urging Support for Peace Process

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 4 February 2016

Ahead of President Obama’s Meeting with Colombian President, McGovern Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urging Support for Peace Process WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of this week’s White House meeting between President Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a bipartisan group of 57 House lawmakers called on President Obama read more

Update from the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó is a collective of over 500 peasant farmers in the Urabá region of North-West Colombia. Members formed the community in 1997 to resist displacement and declare themselves neutral in the midst of the armed conflict. Since then they have faced threats, read more