Teachers strike across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Teachers initiated a mass strike action yesterday, Monday 27 April, demanding an end to the neglect of the education system. Teachers arrived in the capital city Bogotá from all of Colombia's 32 provinces. FECODE, Colombia’s teacher union, is the largest in Colombia. Principal among the demands is a fair salary, read more

Retired university lecturer killed in midst of national strike

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A retired university lecturer, Luis Fernando Wolf Isaza, was killed by hitmen on Monday at the same time as teaching staff from across the country are taking part in mass strike action. Mr. Wolf worked at Colombia’s National University for 35 years and was a member of the Broad Front read more

TUC Officer completes 25k sponsored walk for JFC!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 27 April 2015

On 22 March 2015, Keith Hatch, Union Support Officer at the South West TUC completed a 25k walk crossing sixteen of London’s bridges! He carried out the walk to raise funds for Justice for Colombia and amassed £185 of funds that will go towards Justice for Colombia’s ongoing campaigns in read more

Young peasant killed shortly after being held by Army

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 April 2015

Javier Alcides Sepulveda Mesa was reported missing on 6 April 2015 by the local community organisation Agrominera. Days later they received information that he was being held by the Army. He was then released, but days later he was taken from his house by an unidentified armed group and his read more

Peasant farmer killed in region with paramilitary presence

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 April 2015

Jhonatan Jair Gallego, a young farm labourer was killed on 21 April 2015 in the Province of Meta after receiving a death threat on Facebook. Local human rights organisations believe paramilitary groups are responsible for the killing. Four men were seen arriving at the house of the young father, and read more

Amnistía Internacional del Reino Unido se adjunta a la campaña para Huber Ballesteros

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 23 April 2015

A su reciente congreso annual, Amnistia Internacional del Reino Unido se comprometió a hacer campaña para garantizar el debido proceso para prisioneros políticos, conseguir una investigación sobre la detención de Huber Ballesteros, y para que haya consideración de asistir al juicio de Huber. Huber lleva 18 meses encarcelado todavía sin read more

Amnesty International UK Joins Huber Ballesteros Campaign

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 23 April 2015

At their recent National Conference and AGM, Amnesty International UK committed itself to campaign to ensure fair trials for political prisoners, to secure an Amnesty investigation into the roots of the arrest of Huber Ballesteros and to consider sending observers to Huber’s trial. Huber has now been in prison for read more

Tarnished Innocence: A Story of a Child in Colombia's Prisons

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 21 April 2015

By Liliany Obando, March, 2015 Little Manuela, like all the children living with their mothers in a Colombian prison, is less than three years old. She and her mother are of Indigenous origin; her mother is a valiant political prisoner. read more

Indigenous woman killed after army bombardment

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 April 2015

In Choco, northwest Colombia, Melba Tequia Sintua was killed after an army bombardment. The bombing took place on 18 April in the municipality of Bagadó. read more

A photo from La Emperatriz farm Police Shoot and Kill 19 Year-old During Demonstration

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Police Accompanied by Army Tanks and Helicopters April 10, Caloto. Representatives of the NASA people of northern Cauca have reported the killing of a 19 year-old indigenous man called Siberston Guillermo Pavi by the notorious ESMAD riot police. According to Hector Fabio Dicue Rengifo of the ACIN indigenous organisation, Mr read more

Peace Process Update - April 10

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 10 April 2015

Hundreds of thousands march for peace as the process receives more international backing Santos in discussions with military This week round 35 of the talks began in Havana, with the negotiators still concentrating on several related issues at once – mainly victims and issues around ending the conflict. Among the read more

Union Leader Persecuted at Smurfit Kappa Plant in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 April 2015

SINTRACARCOL the Colombian paper workers' union has denounced the persecution of one of their leaders working in Smurfit Kappa's Bogota plant. Arturo Cajamarca, a worker with 19 years experience and a spotless work record at the plant, is being fired on false pretences because of his organising activity, with the read more

Marchers Congregate for the March for Peace Maradona Joins Colombians in Historic March for Peace

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

Today at 9am Colombian time Colombians across the country and in all the major cities will be marching to show their support for peace. The demonstration echoes earlier social mobilisations for peace also held on April 9th in recent years. The date is emblematic in Colombia because it marks the read more

Indigenous Miners’ Leader Killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Movice victims’ association has reported the murder of Fernardo Salazar Calvo, the president of the La Union Miners’ Association and a spokesperson for the ASOMICAR indigenous miners’ association. There are as yet few details except that on the evening of 7 April 2015 Mr Salazar was at his home read more

Canadian Labour Congress Supports Demonstration for Peace

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Canadian Labour Congress expressed its support for the April 9th peace demonstration in Colombia, calling on the Colombian government to establish a ceasefire to end the fighting and ‘an inclusive process that seeks to bring social justice to all’. The letter from the Canadian Labour Congress can be seen read more

International Trade Union Movement Backs Peace March

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

The trade union movements of the US, Ireland and Britain today stated their support for the huge demonstration taking place across Colombia backing the peace process and calling for social justice and a bilateral ceasefire. Below is the statement: Statement of Support for 9 April We express our solidarity read more

Apoyo Internacional a la Marcha por la Paz

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hoy las centrales obreras de EEUU, Irlanda y el Reino Unido se declararon para apoyar la gran marcha por la paz convocada en Colombia. Abajo se puede leer: Declaración de Apoyo al 9 de Abril Expresamos nuestra solidaridad con la manifestación del 9 de abril para la paz con read more