Teachers on Strike Across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 30 May 2012

FECODE, the Colombian teachers’ union has called a 24 hour national strike today in defence of public education and better working conditions. The strike is supported by the three Colombian trade union federations, the CUT, the CTC and the CGT. FECODE rejects the neoliberal policies being implemented by the Santos read more

Ivan Cepeda addresses the meeting in Wesminster Colombians for Peace Visit Belfast, Dublin and London

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Justice for Colombia recently played host to a delegation of distinguished Colombians from the peace campaigning organisation Colombians for Peace. The delegation visited the UK and Ireland in order to learn from the experiences of the Northern Ireland peace process and garner support for their efforts to kick-start a similar read more

Union Leader Survives Assassination

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 28 May 2012

Adolfo Devia, a leader of the SINTRAEMCALI city of Cali municipal workers' union survived an assassination attempt on the 23rd of May, in which his brother was shot and killed. A 3 year-old girl was also wounded in the attack. Jonhatan Devia was hit in the head. According to Jorge read more

Colombia’s pain, anger – and determination to see peace

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 28 May 2012

by John Millington "I am filled with a lot of pain and anger. Not vengeful anger but a determination to see peace in my country.” On hearing Colombian journalist and peace activist Carlos Lozano’s personal and political journey, it is a testament to his fortitude read more

Journalists Critique Biased War Coverage

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The recent capture of Romeo Langlois, the French journalist by the FARC guerrillas has opened a debate in the Colombian media of the coverage of the war. Following Mr Langlois’ capture the guerrillas released a statement proposing that his release be conditioned by a “national and international debate” on the read more

Analysis: The Patriotic March

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 May 2012

By Hasan Dodwell Since 2010 Colombian civil society has been working to develop a new social and political movement in order to give voice to people currently politically marginalised and ignored. Nearly 2,000 organisations, including peasant farmer, trade unions, Afrocolombian, indigenous and student organisations, came together to form the Patriotic read more

Missing French reporter’s journalistic mission in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Romeo Langlois is well-known by Colombians and by Colombianos por la Paz (Colombians for Peace),” said Gloria Cuartas, a member of that civil society group which helped broker the release of 30 civilian and military hostages held for years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and which got read more

Text of Threat Against Patriotic March

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The threat you can read below was received by the FENSUAGRO trade union on May 6th 2012, in the wake of the Patriotic March that took place in April. Since then 2 members of the Patriotic March have been killed, and two have been disappeared. Such threats are read more

Displaced Trade Unionist Threatened

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 May 2012

On 1st May and 2nd April 2012, Jimmy Sneith Ortiz Gutierrez, a peasant farmer and member of SINPREAGRICUN agricultural workers’ trade union and FENSUAGRO affiliate, received two new threats against his life, warning him that despite his having fled to Bogota, his life is still not safe. The most read more

CSP Delegation Report

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 14 May 2012

An interesting and detailed report of the 2012 JFC delegation to Colombia by Lesley Mercer of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. To read the report click on the pdf document above right. read more

Analysis: The Case of Romeo Langlois

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The disappearance of French journalist Romeo Langlois, has raised concerns about the ongoing dangers facing journalists reporting on the conflict in Colombia, as well as highlighting the confusion that often surrounds the conflict. Langlois was accompanying Colombian army troops on an anti-drugs mission in Caqueta, a conflict- riven region read more

Human Rights Groups Report Fighting in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Human rights organisations in Cauca have reported that intense fighting in and around the villages of El Palo, and Alto del Palo has caused the displacement of 855 people. Fighting began at 6am on 25th April 2012, when guerrillas of the FARC’s 6th Front attacked a checkpoint manned by troops read more

United States Sends Combat Commanders to Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 May 2012

By Susana Pimiento and John Lindsay-Poland U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff commander General Martin Dempsey visited Colombia on March 29 to announce that within weeks U.S. military personnel will operate from a military base there with the newly formed Vulcan Task Force. The Vulcan Task Force, which was read more

Patriotic March Organiser Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Human rights groups have reported the disappearance of Martha Cecilia Guevara Oyola in San Vicente del Caguan, in the south of Colombia. Martha Guevara had been active in organising the local delegation to the Patriotic March, which was held in Bogota last week. Prior to the march, local and national read more