Another Human Rights Defender Killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 31 March 2011

On the 23rd March 2011, Eder Verbel Rocha, a member of the Sucre branch of the Movice national victims movement was killed whilst on his way home from work. While the assailants were kicking and beating Eder’s body, his brother Orlando, and his son, who had both been riding with read more

A representative of Asonal Judicial speaks at the protest Judge in Army Rape Case Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 29 March 2011

On March 25th members of Asonal Judicial, the Colombian Judicial Workers’ Union held a day of remembrance for their colleagues who have been killed in recent years. The protest was sparked by the killing on March 22nd of judge Gloria Constanza Gaona in Saravena, Arauca. Her killing takes the number read more

Colombia Pardons General Convicted of Killing

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 28 March 2011

A transnational network of social and human rights organisations, the CCEEU (The Colombia, United States and Europe Coordinator) has expressed its concern over the decision by the Council of State to revoke the dismissal of General Alvaro Velandia. This decision potentially opens the road for the General to be reinstated read more

Peace Community Reports New Threats

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 27 March 2011

The inhabitants of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community have reported a series of threats against them by paramilitaries acting together with the Colombian army. The Peace Community was set up in 1997 as a neutral place that neither the government nor guerrillas were meant to enter. Despite this read more

Displaced Leader Shot Dead

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 24 March 2011

David de Jesus Góez Rodriguez, a 70 year old leader of displaced peasant farmers was murdered on March 23rd after being shot five times by gunmen in a shopping mall of Medellin. Goez was a well known representative of victims of forced displacement, having worked for several years to help read more

Human Rights Defender’s Daughter Receives Death Threats

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 19 March 2011

Doris Rivera Rios, the President of the Bajo Ariari Human Rights Commission, who has long been the victim of persecution as a result of her work to expose army abuses, has reported that her daughter has now received death threats. The Bajo Ariari Human Rights Commission, a widely respected human read more

Fears after Leadership of Oil Workers’ Union Receive Death Threats

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 18 March 2011

The CUT and the USO oil workers’ union have reported new threats against the union’s leadership. The USO has been in the frontline of the struggle against the privatisation of the Colombian oil company, ECOPETROL, and attempts to organise members working for multinationals such as BP. In recent years over read more

Universities Continue to be the Scene of Threats and Intimidation

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 18 March 2011

On the 3rd March 2011 the University of Cauca was littered by leaflets carrying threats against a long list of student organisations, trade unions and members of staff. The so-called ‘Rastrojos’ paramilitaries also posted the threat on the facebook page of the ‘Tuto Gonzalez Student Coordinator’. The threat began saying read more

The badge of the 16th Brigade Young Man Murdered by the Colombian Army’s 16th Brigade

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 17 March 2011

On the 15th March, at approximately 9.30pm, Jose Rojas Largo, a young peasant farmer was shot dead when repeatedly fired upon by soldiers of the 16th Brigade of the Colombian Army. Jose was murdered as he walked by the local school in the village of Altamira, Paya region in Boyaca read more

More Threats Aimed at Human Rights Defenders

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Doris Rivera Rios is a human rights defender who works in Bajo Ariari, a region within the Department of Meta, scene of some of the worst human rights abuses in Colombia. In August 2010 she was forced into temporary exile in Spain. She had been followed, threatened, and unidentified men read more

Indigenous Congressman Calls for Protection of Peasant and Indigenous Communities

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Congressman Hernando Hernandez, the Representative for the Indigenous peoples in the Colombian Congress, in a March 4th statement, has called on the Colombian government to protect the victims of a series of death threats. The threats began in February of 2011 and, according to the Congressman, are probably linked to read more

Arbitrary Detention of Several Students at Colombian University

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 March 2011

On 9th March, students demonstrating at the ‘Pedagogic and Technological University’ in Tunja, Boyaca Department were violently attacked by the Colombian riot police, known as ESMAD. Several students were injured and many detained during the on-campus protests about several academic and administrative measures being implemented which students say will affect read more

Humberto de Jesus Espinoza Diaz, a SER member killed in January Threats Against Trade Unionists and Human Rights Defenders in Risaralda

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 March 2011

The CUT Human Rights department has reported that on the 8th of March, the Risaralda Teacher’s Union (SER) received an envelope addressed to its human rights committee, containing a letter from the Black Eagles paramilitary group threatening a series of human rights organisations. Those listed as targets include the 'Permanent read more

Government Refuses to Properly Protect Human Rights Lawyers

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 13 March 2011

Lawyers belonging to the human rights lawyers' association, the “Sembrar Corporation", have officially withdrawn from the Goverment protection programme, claiming that there is no real political will on behalf of the government to provide proper security measures. The Sembrar Corporation is leading the case against a series of former and read more

Police Attack Displaced Families in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 12 March 2011

According to the 'Ties of Dignity' human rights organisation, on March 10th 2011 the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare ordered the 14th Police precinct to make an inspection of a property in Bogota. Inside were 11 families, who had been victims of forced displacement, including 40 children. The police stormed read more

Human Rights Organisations Report Paramilitary Threats in Cucuta

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 11 March 2011

Human Rights organisations in Cucuta, in the Northern Santander Department of Colombia have reported threats to the community from paramilitaries. The region has suffered severely from paramilitary attacks in the past, with, according to local organisations, over 10 thousand peasants killed, 130 thousand displaced, and 800 disappeared. whilst the goevrnment read more

Over 5 Million Displaced: Colombia Reaches Highest Figure in the World

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 March 2011

CODHES, the Colombian human rights NGO has released its latest report on internal displacement, the armed conflict and human rights. This report looks specifically at the so-called Centres for the Coordination of Integrated Action (CCAI), regions of the country which the Colombian government has designated as focal points for coordinated read more

NUT delegate speaking on motion and wearing a 'Free Liliany Obando T-Shirt' TUC Women's Conference Pledges Continued Support for Colombian Trade Unionists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 10 March 2011

On 10th March 2011 the TUC Women's Conference voted unanimously to pass two motions on Colombia, calling on the TUC to continue its support for the Justice for Colombia campaign. The motions, put forward by the Musicians Union (MU) and University and College Union (UCU), condemned the violence against women read more

Soldier’s Father Seeks the Truth

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 9 March 2011

On the 19th of February 2011, Raul Carvajal Perez, a 63 year-old fruit salesman from Cordoba department in the north of Colombia, arrived in Bogota in his 1973 Dodge truck. He drove into the central Bolivar Square, and stopped in front of the Palace of Justice and the National Congress. read more

International Women’s Day Message from Political Prisoners

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Today, political prisoner Liliany Obando will have been imprisoned for 31 months without being convicted of any crime. Several UK trade unionists and MPs have personally met Liliany in prison, and even more have joined the campaign to call for her freedom. Below is a message she sent to the read more

'Olivo Saldana' Colombian Government ‘Magic Realism’ – How to Fake a Guerrilla Demobilisation

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 7 March 2011

Extraordinary accounts of how the Colombian military organised a false ‘demobilisation’ of supposed FARC guerrillas has come to light thanks to the testimonies of two of those involved. According to these accounts, between November 2005 and March 2006 a clandestine operation was mounted to fake the demobilisation of a supposed read more

Peace Community asks President to Guarantee their Safety

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 5 March 2011

Leaders of the San Jose de Apartado Peace Community, a community that has refused to accept the presence of any armed actors, have written to President Santos asking the government to take urgent measures to ensure the protection of the community. The letter comes after a series of threats and read more

“There is no military solution” – Making Peace in Colombia Conference

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 March 2011

Between the 21st - 23rd February the Making Peace in Colombia Conference organised by Colombians for Peace and their Latin American and European partners was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Participants included former Senator Piedad Cordoba of Colombians for Peace, former Colombian President Ernesto Samper and Adolfo Perez read more

USO Leader Left without Protection

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Hector Yesid Vaca, the USO oil workers’ union Secretary of Education and Research has revealed that the management of ECOPETROL, the national oil company, has told his bodyguards that they cannot work shifts longer than 12 hours long, and that if they remain by his side they will no longer read more

ITUC and ETUC Accuse Colombian Government of Misleading International Community

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The ETUC and ITUC have written to all MEPs once again calling for them to reject the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on the grounds of continued abuses against Colombian trade unionists. In a letter signed by ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow and ETUC General Secretary John Monks, dated March read more