Members of the Colombian Congress give award to the Colombian trades union congress

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Colombian trades union congress – the CUT – was awarded special recognition for its work over a thirty year period in defence of labour rights and trade union freedoms by the Colombian Congress. The CUT was awarded the Simon Bolivar Order of Democracy in a ceremony on 22 March read more

FARC and government statement after meeting to assess first 100 days of implementation

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Cartagena, March 26, 2017 After two days of work between the National Government and the FARC-EP, in the framework of the Commission for Monitoring, Promotion, and Verification of the Implementation of the Peace Agreement (CSIVI Spanish acronym), the first 100 days of implementation were evaluated, difficulties were identified and decisions read more

USO denounces threats and harassment by paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 23 March 2017

Colombian Oil Workers’ Union (USO) has denounced threats and harassment of paramilitary groups against their members. USO is extremely concerned about the high rate of assassinations of social leaders and community activists in Colombia. “Affiliates, activists and leaders of USO are suffering constant attacks and threats against our lives.” The read more

British MP raises concern over recent killings in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 23 March 2017

21 March 2017 Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart on the deaths of (a) Alicia read more

Justice for Colombia laments passing of Martin McGuinness

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Justice for Colombia deeply laments the passing of Martin McGuinness and expresses it condolences to his family, friends and Sinn Fein colleagues. In 2014 he travelled to Colombia where together with Justice for Colombia he met with a number of social and political organisations to share his experiences as a read more

FARC hold press conference expressing concerns about inadequate living conditions

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

At a press conference held earlier this month, the FARC presented their report on the state of the special transitory zones in which they are now concentrated. They rebuffed government claims that the guerrillas are to blame for delays in ensuring the sites had the necessary infrastructure. The FARC read more

UN reports killings of activists in midst of peace process

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 17 March 2017

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released its latest report on the human rights situation in Colombia, detailing the huge challenges facing the country in the midst of the peace process. While it praised the advances towards peace and the human rights guarantees included in the peace deal, read more

Transitional justice law allows peace process to continue, but concerns are raised

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

After three unexpected days of debate, months of delay, and attempts by members of congress to obstruct its passing, at 11pm on 14 March 2017 the latest law being considered by Congress in relation to the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC was passed. The legislation being read more

DeclaraciĆ³n internacional de apoyo a USO

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Declaración internacional de apoyo a USO Londres y Pittsburg, 7 de marzo de 2017 Compañeros y compañeras de la Unión Sindical Obrera – USO: Escribimos desde Inglaterra y los Estados Unidos para expresar nuestro apoyo firme a su trabajo sindical y nuestra solidaridad frente la reciente jornada de protesta read more

Agrarian Council calls on government to protect lives of activists

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 March 2017

The Agrarian Council (Cumbre Agraria), the national peasant farmer organisation, has organised a national assembly within the Interior Ministry in Bogotá in protest against the ongoing assassinations of community leaders in Colombia. They are calling for the government to take action against the growing paramilitary threat in the country and read more

Two community activists killed in one day in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 March 2017

On Thursday 2nd March in separate incidents Alicia López Guisao and Fabián Rivera were killed. Alicia was part of the national peasant farmer movement the Agrarian Council which has led protest and strike action across the country over recent years. She was shot dead in the centre of Medellin after read more

Brother and sister trade unionists killed in central Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 7 March 2017

José Antonio Anzola Tejedor and Luz Ángela Anzola were killed within two hours of each other in the Department of Meta on Sunday 5th March. Both were members of the Colombian Communist Party and a local peasant farmer union SINTRAGRIM, which forms part of the larger FENSUAGRO. Armed men with read more

Community leader assassinated in Medellin

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 6 March 2017

Alicia López Guisao, a community leader and peasant farmer activist, was assassinated in the city of Medellín on Thursday 2 March. Alicia was shot dead by two armed men as she visited family in the city. She was only 32 years old. Alicia was a prominent community leader and member read more

Oil workers on 24 hours strike attacked by police and army

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 2 March 2017

From before the break of dawn on 28 February 2017 close to 7,000 subcontracted workers from Colombia’s largest oil company Ecopetrol went on a 24 hour strike called by their union USO. The key demand of the union is to open up direct talks with Ecopetrol at a national level read more