New Parliamentary Group on Colombia Launched

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Members of the British Parliament yesterday established a new 'Friends of Colombia' group aiming to increase awareness within Parliament of the situation in Colombia and campaign for an improvement in the human rights situation there. Over 20 MPs attended the launch meeting in Parliament earlier today with a further read more

Interesting Colombia Coverage in the US Including In-Depth Study of Paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 29 June 2009

Justice for Colombia highly recommends the July/August issue of the North American Congress on Latin America magazine which looks in detail at the paramilitary phenomenon in Colombia – including how the paramilitaries have infiltrated the Colombian political system, strengthened their economic stranglehold over large swathes of the economy and read more

Health Workers Union Leader Murdered in Northern Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 June 2009

A member of the regional executive of the Colombian health workers trade union ANTHOC has been gunned down in front of his home in the Colombian city of Cucuta. Rafael Antonio Sepulveda, who was also active in the public servants union federation FENASER, was shot dead at around 9.30pm read more

Article in Parliamentary Magazine Accuses Colombia of ‘State-Sponsored Terrorism’

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2009

An article in 'House Magazine', the weekly publication for the British House of Parliament which is edited, written and read by parliamentarians, has accused the Colombian regime of engaging in state-sponsored terrorism and of "threatening or jailing those that speak out about the systematic repression meted out against civil society". read more

JFC Quiz Night a Great Success

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Great fun was had by all at yesterday's Justice for Colombia quiz night which was supported by Thompsons Solicitors. 13 teams and over 100 supporters participated in the event which was held at TUC Congress House, the headquarters of the British trade union movement, and which was presided over read more

Security Forces Break Up Human Rights Seminar in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 19 June 2009

Members of the Colombian Army, Police and DAS secret police yesterday invaded a human rights workshop being held in the southern Colombian town of Algeciras and ordered that it be shut down. The security forces, who surrounded the building in which it was being held, also photographed participants and read more

Brendan Barber Colombia is ‘Pariah State’ Says TUC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 17 June 2009

In a letter to the Financial Times the leader of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that the ongoing killings of trade unionists in Colombia, and efforts by the Colombian regime to "brush these deaths under the carpet", mean that the country "will remain a pariah state as read more

Forthcoming Delegation to Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The US peace and human rights organisation 'Witness for Peace' is arranging a delegation to the remote Colombian region of Guaviare this August to investigate the consequences of US policy in the area. Entitled 'War on Drugs or War on People', the trip will visit some of those communities read more

240 MPs Call for End to UK Military Aid to Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

240 members of the British Parliament, the majority from the ruling Labour Party, have called on the British Government to freeze UK military aid to Colombia. The MPs also express their concern at the increasing numbers of trade unionists being assassinated in Colombia and note that the UN High read more

Colombian Death Squad Puts Four Activists on Death List

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 15 June 2009

A paramilitary death squad operating in the northern Colombian region of Atlantico has made public the names of four activists that they intend to kill. The four, who all live in the regional capital city Barranquilla, include Javier Bermudez, the leader of the CUT trade union federation in the read more

Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Hears of Ongoing Colombia Human Rights Abuses

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 14 June 2009

The human rights record of the Colombian regime was roundly criticised during a June 10th hearing of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the British Parliament with individual parliamentarians as well as expert witnesses from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch highlighting the scale of the abuses and calling on read more

New Minister to Speak at JFC Parliamentary Meeting

Justice For Colombia News | on: Saturday, 13 June 2009

The newly appointed Foreign Office Minister, Chris Bryant MP, is to speak at a meeting being hosted later this week in Parliament by Justice for Colombia and Progress. JFC urges all supports to attend what will be an interesting and informative discussion with a great line-up of speakers at read more

Highly Recommended: Miami Herald Reveals Colombian Army Assassination Policy

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 13 June 2009

An excellent article in today's Miami Herald sheds further light on the extrajudicial executions scandal surrounding the Colombian Army – a scandal that has revealed how soldiers have been regularly murdering civilians, nearly 2,000 of them according to the paper, in return for financial rewards and time off. Read read more

UK Foreign Office Silent on Colombia’s Political Prisoners

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 12 June 2009

Despite the efforts of MPs, union leaders and human rights campaigners to get the British Foreign Office to make clear their position on the plight of Colombia's political prisoners, letters on the issue are still being ignored and the Ministers responsible appear to be reluctant to say anything about the read more

Two More Trade Unionists Murdered in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 12 June 2009

Two teacher trade unionists have been assassinated within days of each other in the conflict-ridden Colombian region of Arauca. Both victims, one of whom was shot dead in the classroom where he worked, were members of the ASEDAR trade union which, in a statement issued after the killings, ask read more

Another Political Prisoner Freed!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 11 June 2009

Another of the Colombian political prisoners that Justice for Colombia has been campaigning on was yesterday released from jail after 17 months of incarceration in the city of Bucaramanga. In ordering the release of Miguel Angel Gonzalez, the judge involved declared that there was no evidence whatsoever to back read more

ITUC: Colombia is Worlds Most Dangerous Place for Trade Unionists

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 11 June 2009

The Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights Violations released yesterday by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has, as in past years, found that Colombia is "the most dangerous place on earth for trade unionists". The survey, which examines the situation in every country in the world, found that read more

Spurious Legal Case Opened Against Yet Another Opposition Senator in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 11 June 2009

The Colombian authorities yesterday announced that they were opening an investigation into Senator Jorge Robledo, of the opposition Democratic Pole party, for alleged ties to the FARC guerrilla group. Robledo, who has a high profile in Colombia and is a leading critic of the regime, is the fourth senior read more

The Economist: Bogota Worst City in Latin America

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A new survey by The Economist has found that Colombia's capital Bogota is the least desirable city in all of Latin America to live in. Released yesterday, the new report looked at overall quality of life issues such as stability and access to health care, education and culture, as read more

UN’s International Labour Organisation Criticises Colombia for Labour Rights Abuses

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Colombia has come in for harsh criticism at the annual conference of the ILO in Geneva with the country being placed on a special 'watch list' of countries where the labour rights situations are extremely grave. The conference, which is attended by governments, trade unions and employer organisations, heard read more

URGENT: Young Communist Party Activist Disappeared in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Saturday, 6 June 2009

An active member of the Young Communist Party of Colombia has disappeared from the Colombian capital Bogota and there are extreme fears for her safety given recent reports of a massive increase in forced disappearances in Colombia. Cindy Johana Barrero was last heard from on the afternoon of read more

Colombian Trade Union Leader Accuses Regime of Trying to Assassinate Him

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 June 2009

One of Colombia's most senior trade union leaders has issued a public statement in which he outlines a series of events that he claims point towards a government plan to murder him. In the statement Gilberto Martinez, who is the Director of Organising for the CUT trade union federation read more

New Short Film on Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 3 June 2009

The University and College Union (UCU) recently produced a five minute film about the situation in Colombia which was shown at their annual conference at the end of May. Watch it here. read more

Law Suit Claims US Mining Multinational Financed Colombian Death Squad

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The US mining multinational Drummond has denied claims in a lawsuit that it funded a rightwing paramilitary death squad in Colombia to assassinate trade unionists and others that the company saw as troublesome on the northwest Colombian region where the corporation operates. The lawsuit, which was filed on May read more

Union Vice-President Completes Triathlon for JFC!

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 1 June 2009

John Rimmer, the Junior Vice-President of the NASUWT teachers' trade union, yesterday completed the Cheshire Triathlon in support of Justice for Colombia. John, who ran a total of 3km, swam 400 meters and cycled 20km, completed the race in 1 hour and 18 minutes raising much needed funds for read more

British Company Linked to Presidential Family Corruption in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 1 June 2009

After a meticulous investigation into the financial dealings of the two sons of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez, a Colombian opposition Senator has established how British multinational SabMiller played a key role in helping to turn the President's two children into multimillionaires. Senator Jorge Robledo, of the Democratic Pole read more