Peasant Leaders Survives Assassination Attempt and Threats Continue

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 31 March 2014

Isidro Olaya Velasquez an electoral witness for the UP in Tolima and the secretary of the Patalo neighbourhood association was walking home from a meeting with the local UP candidate when he was shot four times. The shooting took place on 21st of February in the run up to legislative read more

Francisco Toloza released from jail, but false accusations remain

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 March 2014

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Father of three shot dead by Army

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 25 March 2014

On March 4, 2014, Harvey Ramos was shot dead in what the Army has labelled a “military error”. Mr. Ramos was cutting wood when shots were fired in the municipality of Araquita, in Arauca where he lived and worked. As local residents tried to see what had happened, they were read more

Prisoner dies after medical treatment is refused

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 March 2014

On 18 March 2014, the prisoner Ramón Emilio Mallarino died after he was denied the necessary medical attention. Ramón became ill at the beginning of the month and he began vomiting blood and was unable to digest any food. He was taken to the medical attention wing, but just a read more

Huffington Post: Northern Irish Travel to D.C. to Advocate for Colombian Peace and Cease Fire

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Original article in Huffington Post Dan Kovalik One of the most underreported stories in the U.S. is the ongoing Colombian peace process. That the Colombian government and FARC rebels may be nearing a settlement to end the 50-year-old conflict in that country appears of no moment to the read more

Justice for Colombia Washington Visit

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Last week a JFC delegation from Northern Ireland visited Washington D.C. to talk to US legislators about the Colombian peace process. The cross party delegation included Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP), Mark Durkan (SDLP), John McCallister (NI21), Brian Campfield (NIPSA), Jimmy Kelly (Unite) and Patricia McKeown (Unison). The visit, supported by the read more

Rural sector strike announced if negotiations fail to advance

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The most significant civil society movements from across Colombia came together this weekend for a conference in the capital Bogotá. Organisations representing indigenous, afrocolombians, peasant farmers and trade unionists joined forces to discuss the fundamental problems in the Colombian countryside and review the status of the negotiations which began after read more

State authorities threaten local community for protesting against oil exploration

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

In eastern Colombia a local mayor in the Department of Casanare has responded to demands of the local population to hold a referendum vote on whether to allow a proposed oil exploration project to be carried out. The Inspector General however, who recently caused international outrage by removing the read more

Photo from a Colombian observatory monitoring paramilitary activity 70 members of new Colombian Parliament have links to paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

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Bob Crow protesting outside Parliament against UK military aid to Colombia JFC expresses condolences and solidarity with RMT

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 17 March 2014

In the wake of the recent passing of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, Justice for Colombia would like to express its deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends as well as our most heartfelt solidarity to everybody at RMT. (Photo courtesy of David Sandison/The Independent/Rex Features) read more

Colombia Elections Analysis

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 17 March 2014

As is usual, Colombia’s legislative elections were plagued by irregularities and claims of vote-buying, with one electoral observation organisation stating that it had received its highest ever number of complaints. The biggest novelty is that this time the left’s now-traditional criticisms are being joined by critiques from the right, such read more

Three former GM workers have sewn their lips shut in protest at their work related injuries Former GM workers enter second month of hunger strike

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Former workers from the General Motors assembly plant in Colombia’s capital Bogota have entered their second month of hunger strike in protest at the failure of General Motors to take responsibility for the crippling injuries suffered by the workers as a result of their work. GM has repeatedly failed to read more

Paramilitary group commits massacre on Colombia-Venezuela border

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 March 2014

As Colombia was focused on its congressional elections last Sunday, news of a massacre committed in Venezuela reportedly by Colombian paramilitaries appeared on the horizon. Six young men, who crossed the Colombian border to fish in a river on the Venezuelan side of the 2,200 kilometre border, were approached by read more

Seven soldiers convicted for double murder

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 10 March 2014

Seven members of the Colombian army are to be dismissed and given a 20 year ban from any public positions for their involvement in the death of two youths who were falsely presented as guerrillas killed in combat on the 5 March 2008. The Army is being investigated for over read more

PRESS: Politicians from Northern Ireland travel to Washington in support of peace in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 March 2014

Press Release Politicians from Northern Ireland travel to Washington in support of peace in Colombia Washington, 10th March 2014 A delegation of politicians and civil society leaders from Northern Ireland, all of whom participated in the Good Friday Agreement peace negotiations, will be visiting Washington this week in order to read more

PRENSA: Políticos de Irlanda del Norte viajan a Washington en apoyo de la paz en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 10 March 2014

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Army kills another peasant farmer activist

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 March 2014

On Saturday 22 February, the peasant farmer activist Jorge Eliecer Hernández Blanco was shot dead by the Colombian Army. Jorge was 28 years old and President of his local village committee. The Army have claimed that Jorge belonged to an organisation supporting guerrilla groups although the local population deny he read more

Political prisoners suffer inhumane treatment in Colombian jails

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 3 March 2014

Human rights organisations have denounced that since 19 February the prison guards at the La Picota prison in Bogotá, where political prisoners Francisco Toloza, Huber Ballesteros and David Ravelo are all being held, have prevented some inmates from eating, have beaten others, and have attacked at least one with read more