Analysis: Media and the War in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 28 June 2012

Following the Langlois case: Media and Conflict in Colombia José Antonio Gutiérrez Danton / Sunday June 24, 2012 (Translation of an article that appeared in Prensa Rural) In late April, during a confrontation in Caquetá between army units and Front 15 of the FARC-EP, the read more

Health Worker Trade Unionist Murdered

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Colombian Health Workers’ Union, ANTHOC has denounced the forced disappearance and murder of one of their members in north western Colombia. Benjamin Martinez Arteaga, local union activist and auxiliary nurse at the Health Centre in the village of Pueblo Nuevo de Necolci, Antioquia Department, disappeared on the morning of read more

Another FENSUAGRO Activist Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Local human rights organisations report that Gustavo Londono, FENSUAGRO activist and Head of Human Rights for the local agricultural workers’ union was assassinated on the afternoon of Monday 25th June in Caloto Municipality, Cauca Department. He was shot dead by men riding a motorbike, dressed in civilian clothing. Colleagues later read more

Trade Unionist Tortured and Murdered

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 25 June 2012

According to local human rights organisations and trade unions, attacks by the the Colombian Army have continue to grow against the civilian population in the region of Miranda in Cauca Department, in the South West of the country. On 14th June, Gerardo Martinez, an activist in the local branch of read more

Trade Unionists and Human Rights Defenders Threatened in Meta

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Colombian Agricultural Workers’ Union FENSUAGRO has reported threats against several local activists in the Department of Meta. Maria Eugenia Sepulveda, member of the regional agricultural workers’ organisation, and president of the community council in Vista Hermosa municipality received a death threat on Saturday 23rd June at 17.00. The unidentified read more

Hundreds Forced to Flee as Soldiers Endanger Civilians

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 24 June 2012

Human rights organisations in Narino Department have reported that hundreds of peasant farmers have been displaced after soldiers placed themselves around civilian houses during fighting with the FARC. On June 21st, in the municipality of Leiva, soldiers stationed themselves next to several houses. After being asked to leave by the read more

Tragic Death of Trade Union Leader

Justice For Colombia News | on: Sunday, 24 June 2012

Justice for Colombia expresses our deep sadness to learn of the tragic death of trade union leader Raul Sosa. Raul was the President of SINTRAMIENERGETICA – the Colombian Mining and Energy Workers’ Union. He was killed in a car accident on June 21st along with his bodyguard, Munir Cantillo, on read more

Trade Unions Comment on First Anniversary of Victims’ Law

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 June 2012

Since 1986 nearly 3,000 Colombian trade unionists have been killed, and unionisation rates have plummeted. Many more have been displaced, forced into exile, threatened or imprisoned. The Colombian state, successive governments have played an important role in the repression and in justifying the repression. As a result Colombian trade unions read more

Army Forces Peasants to Flee to Ecuador

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 June 2012

CPDH and the FENSUAGRO agricultural workers’ union have reported a series of violations of international humanitarian law in Putumayo, as well as the persecution of peasant leaders associated with the Patriotic March. On April 18th, Henry Diaz was disappeared after participating in the organisation of the Patriotic March read more

Damaged civilian property after an army bombardment Biased Media Coverage of War Criticised

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 June 2012

By Hasan Dodwell The media coverage of the Colombian conflict has been heavily criticised during a national debate looking into the role of the media in the on-going civil war. The debate was sparked in April after a French journalist, Roméo Langlois, was captured by FARC guerrillas after travelling with read more

Recent Army Operations in Putumayo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 20 June 2012

In late May the villages of Canacas, Buena Vista and Alea were subjected to heavy bombardments. One man died of a heart attack suffered during the bombings, and 2 others were wounded. They remain in hospital in Puerto Asis. Other villages were also affected, including Puerto Guzman, Valle del Guamez, read more

Union Denounces Threats in Meta

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 19 June 2012

SINTRAGRIM, the Meta agricultural workers’ union has reported threats against Diana Sanchez Tique, the union’s Women and Youth secretary. In April she was walking in the town of Castillo when a police agent stopped her. He said “what is it that you do?” she replied that she worked and the read more

Bryan Nott - Article on Colombia in Labour Research

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The appalling record of human rights abuses, particularly those against union activists, continues to make Colombia the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist, writes By Bryan Nott. Earlier this year, alongside MPs and trade unionists from Britain, I spent a read more

FENSUAGRO Activist Followed Amid Spate of Threats

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Aidee Moreno, the FENSUAGRO agricultural workers’ union human rights director, has reported the presence of unknown men around her home. On April 24th one of her relatives was leaving the house along with a peasant trade unionist when the two noticed someone who then followed them for until they reached read more

Dr Lozano addressing a meeting of MPs and Trade Unionists in Westminster in May Leading Peace Activist Threatened with Imminent Assassination

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Carlos Lozano, a high profile member of Colombians for Peace has reported a serious threat against his life. Trusted sources have informed Mr Lozano that the Urabeno paramilitary group has put out a contract on his life. The contract for $200,000 US dollars is for a group of hired assassins, read more