Peace Process Update May 22

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 22 May 2015

Recent violence sees 10 soldiers and 18 guerrillas killed in military operations that put peace in danger The peace talks are currently focused on the discussion of the victims’ issue, alongside various topics related to ending the conflict. However, the negotiations appear to have bogged down over the victims’ issue, read more

FENSUAGRO Reports Army Harassment of Trade Unionists in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015

Reports include harassment, torture, arbitrary detentions, use of civilians as human shields, theft, indiscriminate shootings and damage to civilian property. On 14th May 2015 in San Pedro settlement of the Corinto municipality, at about 3.30pm a battle began between the FARC and troops of the 92nd land combat battalion, read more

Public Service Union Denounces Threats

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015

On Friday 16 May workers at the Esbarbosa ESP water and other services company were threatened by their manager, who told them the union would be destroyed and they had a month to live. The company provides water and sewerage services to the municipality of Barbosa in the department of read more

Teacher Assassinated in Fusagasuga

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015

The CUT has reported the assassination of Carlos Alberto Rodriguez Chacon, a teacher affiliated to the ADEC teachers’ trade union, on 12th May 2015. According to the report, Mr Rodriguez was assassinated at around 6.15am while travelling between the villages of Pasca, where he lived, and Chinauta in the Fusagasuga read more

Authorities investigate murder of twelve indigenous in southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 May 2015

The region of Cauca in South-west Colombia is one of the most conflict affected in Colombia. There is a heavy presence from both FARC guerrillas and the military and a very significant indigenous population. Since the beginning of 2015, twelve indigenous have been killed. Two, Barney Tróchez and Wilson Albeiro read more

FARC ‘not terrorists’ according to judicial review body

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 May 2015

A significant ruling from the State Advisory Council – equivalent to the courts responsible for carrying out a judicial review in the UK – has stated in a ruling that due to the undeniable existence of an armed conflict in Colombia, it is not legally correct to refer to the read more

Army officers arrested for role in trade union massacre and eleven soldiers on trial for murder

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 May 2015

An ex-Army major and a Sergeant have been arrested for their involvement in a massacre carried out by paramilitaries in the northeastern region of Uraba in 1995. According to testimonies by the demobilised paramilitary chief, HH, and police investigations, John Fredy Moncada Carmona and Nofar Fabian Motta Bastidas were behind read more

Aerial fumigation to be suspended by October

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 May 2015

In what is a huge success for the more than decade long struggle of peasant and human rights activists to bring an end to the crippling practice of aerial fumigation, the Colombian government has agreed to suspend the practice by October. Undoubtedly related to the ongoing peace negotiations between the read more

United Nations reports confirms demobilisation of paramilitaries led to impunity

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 May 2015

As Colombian victims and human organisations have been denouncing since the arrival of the 2005 Justice and Peace Law, which saw thousands of paramilitaries demobilise on the promise of reduced sentences, the United Nations has confirmed that the process led to widespread impunity with numerous victims never hearing the truth read more

Colombia alongside Iraq and Syria in number of internally displaced

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015

According to latest figures for 2014, Colombia continues as the country with the second highest number of internally displaced. Over six million people have been forced from their homes in Colombia, a total of 13% of the Colombian population. In 2014 a further 137,000 were added to the total as read more