Activist killed - 42 assassinations of social leaders so far this year

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 April 2017

Another social activist has been assassinated in Colombia. On the morning of 27th April the body of Diego Fernando Rodríguez was found in the municipality of Mercaderes, Cauca. He was a peasant farmer leader and legal representative of the local community council. This latest killing comes as the Patriotic March read more

2 FARC members and 6 relatives assassinated in April

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 April 2017

As the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC is being implemented two members of the FARC and six relatives of FARC members have been assassinated in Colombia. The first member of the FARC to be killed after the signing of the peace agreement was Luis Alberto Ortiz, read more

Another FARC member assassinated in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 27 April 2017

Another member of the FARC has been assassinated in Colombia. José Huber Yatacué, who was from Toribio, Cauca, in south-west Colombia, was shot dead after being called after being called away from his home on an errand. José had been included in the list of FARC members for amnesty as read more

Indigenous community leader killed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Gerson Acosta, an indigenous leader and governor of the town of Timbío, in south-west Colombia, was assassinated on Wednesday 19th April. He was shot dead by assailants on a motorbike as he left a community meeting on Wednesday afternoon. Gerson was a renowned human rights defender in the region of read more

FARC member assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 April 2017

A FARC member has been assassinated in Colombia. Luis Alberto Ortiz was shot dead on 16th April in his home in the municipality of Tumaco, south-west Colombia. He had been released from prison only two weeks before after being pardoned under the amnesty law for FARC members. The FARC have read more

Huber Ballesteros sent death threat

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 18 April 2017

There was deep concern for the safety of Huber Ballesteros over the weekend after he was sent a death threat to his mobile phone. The death threat comes less than three months since Huber was released from jail and in the context of a recent surge in killings of community read more

Amnesty for Liliany Obando after eight years of legal persecution

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 13 April 2017

First arrested in August 2008, imprisoned for more than three years, and issued with a fine for £20,000, Liliany Obando has finally been freed from the legal persecution she was subjected to by the Colombian state. Last month a judge notified the human rights defender and university lecturer that she read more

Colombian Congress passes opposition statute

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

On 5 April the Colombian Congress passed another major piece of legislation for the implementation of the peace agreements. The Opposition Statute, which provides political, economic and security guarantees for the exercise of political opposition in the country, was passed by 52 votes to 2 in the Senate. It was read more

21 soldiers sentenced in false positives scandal

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 12 April 2017

21 Colombian soldiers have been sentenced to between 37 and 52 years in prison for the forced disappearance and extrajudicial killing of five young men in 2008. This was part of what is known as the "false positives" scandal, in which the Colombian military systematically lured poor young men away read more

Government defies agreements and unilaterally destroys coca crops

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 7 April 2017

The Colombian riot police (ESMAD) and the army, both known for their heavy handed tactics during protests, caused multiple injuries as coca growers organised protests and blocked roads in response to the government’s unilateral eradication of the crop in the region surrounding the town of Tumaco. The forced eradication contradicted read more

UN: About 85% weapons’ FARC have been registered

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Jean Arnault, head of the UN mission in Colombia, said that so far about 85% of the weapons of the FARC have been identified, marked and registered by the agency. He also emphasised that the process of FARC demobilisation must run alongside increased security and legal guarantees. read more

FARC offers labour and food to Mocoa victims

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

After the landslide in the southern city of Mocoa which killed hundreds of people and destroyed 17 neighbourhoods, local FARC leaders expressed their willingness to help with humanitarian work. In the open statement guerrillas located in the nearby La Carmelita Transitory Zone, offered to carry out manual labour for the read more

Paramilitary death threats aganist community organsiations and demobilising guerrillas

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Aheramigua (Association of Agroecological and Mining Organisations of Guacomó) reports that a paramilitary group, self-nominated AGC (Autodefensas Gaitanistas) of Bajo Cauca, distributed pamphlets with death threats against the Bagre community in Antioquia. Likewise, the ANZORC (National Association of Peasant Farmer Reserve Zone) denounced death threats from “Urabeños” paramilitary group read more

FARC hands in list of names of 6,804 guerrillas

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

FARCs compliance with the peace agreement continued as they handed in a list of names of their 6.804 members to the Colombian government. A separate list of 1,000 urban militia members was also handed in although the FARC confirmed that further lists would be handed over in relation to the read more

Local community leader shot dead

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Eliver Buitrago Rodríguez, president of his local village in the Buenos Aires municipality of Meta was assassinated on 3 April 2017. Eliver was shot three times. The killing adds to the horrifying intensification of violence against community activists. read more