Tens of thousands of signatures collected to demand guarantees for the victims of state crimes

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A series of coordinated international petitions have gained tens of thousands of signatures from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, as well as from many other parts of the world, to express concern for the continuing persecution faced by members of the National Movement for Victims of State read more

Army Murder Peasant Farmer

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 April 2013

In the small northwestern town of San Jose, a young local farmer was viciously shot dead by soldiers of the Colombian Army. Carlos Andres Torres Borja was returning home on his horse on the 9 April 2013 but as he neared an army camp of the 17th Brigade he was read more

Tortured Body Found in Military Controlled Area

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 April 2013

Colombian peasant farmer José Rogelio López was found dead on the morning of Thursday 11 April 2013 at the side of the road close to the village of Medellín del Ariari, in northern Meta Department. His body showed shocking signs of torture. His fingers had been amputated and his eyes read more

Woman Community Leader Murdered on Day of Demonstration

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 April 2013

In what has been called ‘a message of terror’ to community organisations in the working class neighbourhood of Soacha, Bogotá, local community leader Isnelda Gutiérrez was repeatedly shot by a man on the afternoon of the 9th April 2013. On that very same day a national march had been read more

Peace Activist Killed after Defence Minister Claims Peace March Funded by Guerrillas

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 April 2013

Elver Cordero Oviedo, a prominent victims’ rights leader and peace activist, was shot and killed by two professional hitmen as he made his way to the nationally organised March for Peace in the town of Valencia, in the Caribbean Department of Córdoba. Elver was the President of the Regional read more

Minister of Defence Pinzon Minister Stigmatises Patriotic March

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 11 April 2013

On Tuesday as over a million people marched in Bogota to support the peace process taking place in Havana, in a demonstration organised by the Patriotic March social movement, the Minister of Defence, Juan Carlos Pinzon, accused the March of being financed by the FARC. Yesterday the allegations were read more

Marchers gather in Bolivar Square, Bogota March for Peace Floods Streets of Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 April 2013

9th of April is a highly significant date in Colombian history, since on this day in 1948 the immensely popular Liberal leader Jorge Gaitan was assassinated in Bogota, sparking a ten year dirty war of vast proportions that morphed into today’s civil war. On Tuesday April 9th took on yet read more

Indigenous Man Murdered by Colombian Army

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 April 2013

The ‘San Lorenzo’ Indigenous Community in South-West Colombia has reported the murder of a 50-year-old man at the hands of the Colombian Army. On March 30th in the indigenous reserve of Caldono, Cauca Department, Mr. Álvaro Chocue Ramos was shot several times in the head by members of the Army read more

MPs' Pressure Leads to Granting of Visa for Carlos Lozano

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 5 April 2013

After political pressure from JFC and the Parliamentary friends of Colombia group, led by Jim Sheridan MP, peace leader and journalist Carlos Lozano is finally being granted a visa to enter the UK. Mr Lozano had not been granted a visa in time for his trip to London next week, read more

Colombian Opposition Figure Not Given Visa to UK

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 4 April 2013

Carlos Lozano, Editor of VOZ, leading member of Colombians for Peace and spokersperson for the Patriotic March has not been given a visa for entry to the UK, despite apppying well in advance. Mr Lozano, one of Colombia's most high-profile opposition figures, was due to travel to London next week read more