Agreement reached on land reform in Colombian peace talks

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government have taken a significant step with agreement being reached on the first of six points on the negotiating agenda: land and rural development. In what is being called an historic moment, the FARC and the Government released a joint statement on read more

Release of four political prisoners exposes once more political use of legal system

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 27 May 2013

Four trade unionists were released in the early hours of Saturday 25 May after having been held illegally and with no charges being brought. Wilmer Madroñero, Oswaldo Arcos, Hary Rendon and Juan Climaco Vega are all members of the agricultural union ASCAP, which is affiliated to the Justice for Colombia read more

Attempted murder and death threats made against oil workers

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 May 2013

“Death to those guerrilla sons of bitches. We invite you to their funeral in 48 hours”. This was the death threat distributed in the oil producing city of Barrancabermeja earlier this week. Four oil workers, member of the oil workers trade union USO, were named. In a public statement the read more

Damning report documents continuation of ‘false-positives’

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 May 2013

In spite of a changed discourse towards human rights in Colombia, little has changed. Whilst the Colombian government, with support from the UK, the US and governments across the European Union, has worked tirelessly to build up a false image of Colombia as a country with a drastically improved human read more

Ed Miliband Shows Support for JFC's Work

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 24 May 2013

Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party has written to the Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Colombia Group, Jim Sheridan MP. In the letter, he highlights the party's support for Justice for Colombia's work stating that: "..the Labour Party has been supportive of Justice for Colombia's excellent work read more

75 year old sister of recognised priest activist killed in vicious targeted attack

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 24 May 2013

Benedicta Joya, a 75 year old peasant farmer who supported the community work of her brother priest, has been killed in a brutal targeted attack in eastern Colombia. Benedicta was the sister of Elias Joya, a priest who is recognized internationally for his community activism in defence of land rights, read more

Army Executes Farmer in Cordoba

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 19 May 2013

The Colombian National Movement of Victims (MOVICE) has reported the extrajudicial execution by the army of a peasant farmer, Manuel Enrique Martinez Cardona. Mr Martinez was assassinated by troops near the settlement of Osa, in the Tierralta municipality of Cordoba department, northern Colombia. Although few details are provided, it appears read more

Eight members of Patriotic March detained by Army in Tolima

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 12 May 2013

On 9 May, in various villages of the Tolima Department in Central Colombia, eight community leaders were arrested by the Army and taken to a nearby military base. Whilst in military captivity their photograph was taken on numerous occasions and they were then transferred to a different municipality where they read more

High profile human rights leader threatened at gunpoint

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 May 2013

As Harry Caicedo, a recognised human rights defender and Director of CPDH in the Department of Nariño, returned to his home by river, a second man travelling on the same boat pulled out a gun and pointed it at him for several minutes. The incident took place close to El read more

Land reclaimant killed in front of wife and kids

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 10 May 2013

Ivan Dario Restrepo, a land reclaimant in the eastern region of Antioquia, was shot and killed by two armed men dressed as policemen. Ivan was in a process to reclaim land from which he was forced to flee with his family. Like many land reclaimants, he had been threatened as read more

While Peace Talks Continue Army Tortures FARC Prisoners to Death

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 9 May 2013

Human rights groups have reported the torture and extrajudicial execution of two FARC guerrillas seized by army troops operating in Narino province of Colombia. The two men, Gumercindo Guerrero Preciado and John Freddy Garcia Bastidas were taken at midday on Monday March 4, after sustained fighting between guerrillas and army read more

UK and Irish Cross Party Politicians and Civil Society leaders Support Patriotic March

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 8 May 2013

During the visit of the Patriotic March delegation to Belfast, Dublin and Ireland in April, politicians and civil society representatives including Church and trade union leaders signed the below statement in support of the Patriotic March and the peace process. The statement backs the Patriotic March’s call for a ceasefire read more

Photos of the Patriotic March visit to Belfast, Dublin and London

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Leaders of the Patriotic March, the largest civil society organisation seen in Colombia for decades, visited the UK and Ireland last month as guests of Justice for Colombia. They came to speak about their social and political work to organise and to promote peace with social justice in Colombia. The read more

Journalist narrowly escapes shooting after exposing luxurious lives of jailed military

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A journalist narrowly escaped death as he was shot at five times by two hitmen in a classic contract killing attempt in the Colombian capital Bogotá. The journalist, Ricardo Calderón, had recently published an investigative report exposing the luxurious reality of life in prison for army personnel in the Tolemeida read more

High ranking police official threatens human rights defenders with legal prosecution

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 6 May 2013

In a clear display of how the Colombian legal system is used to intimidate social activists, two leading Colombian human rights defenders have been threatened with legal prosecution by a high ranking police officer. Diego Martinez and Alfonso Castillo, both of whom are forced to travel with read more

Patriotic March Activist Murdered by Army

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A recognised local farmer’s leader, Alvaro Queguan, has been shot dead by the Colombian Army in the southeast of Colombia. Alvaro was the vice-president of his local village committee and an active member of the Patriotic March in Nariño, the Department in which he lived and carried out his work read more

JFC Host Successful Patriotic March Visit to UK and Ireland

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Leaders of the Patriotic March have taken part in a high-level visit to London, Belfast and Dublin to build cross party support for their work promoting peace with social justice in Colombia. The eight-day-tour which was organised by JFC, trade unions and politicians in Ireland and the UK saw the read more

Fifteen human rights defenders killed in Colombia so far this year

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Colombian human rights organisation “We are Defenders” has lamented what it called a ‘growing tendency’ of human rights defenders being killed. In spite of the changed human rights discourse of the Colombian President, and the peace talks taking place between the government and the guerrilla insurgency, the rate at read more