Scandal Around Uribe Grows

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 30 July 2012

By Katy Proctor There is a growing body of evidence linking Alvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia, to far right paramilitary groups, drugs trafficking and corruption. His impunity to date is largely attributable to the fact that Colombia’s state institutions are riddled with politicians, government and military personnel who are read more

Human Rights Defender Goes into Hiding

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hernando Montoya, a human rights defender form Cartago in Cauca has gone into hiding after enduring repeated assaults, death threats and the assassination of his sister, Liliana Montoya on July 18th 2012. In May, a paramilitary group calling itself the ‘Rastrojos Urban Commando’ released a threat against several human right read more

Indigenous Leader Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Awa people of Ricaurte have reported the assassination on 21st July of Mr Libio Guanga, a community worker, local organiser and the Governor of the Alto Cartagena reserve. Mr Guanga was on his way home from a meeting with local authorities when he was stopped by an unidentified man read more

Indigenous in Cauca Demanding Peace not War

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 26 July 2012

Article translated from Voz newspaper. "Count on us for peace" By ALBERTO ACEVEDO The message of the conflict that Cauca is living at the moment is that the peasants and indigenous have had enough of the war and they are now asking that their read more

Judge Assassinated in Medellin

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 25 July 2012

On 19th July 2012, Jorge Alberto Restrepo Gonzalez, a municipal judge in Medellin was shot and killed by motorbike-riding assassins. His son, who was driving the vehicle, was seriously wounded. Mr Restrepo was due to retire this year after 39 years of work. Local police have, as is often the read more

Another Indigenous Man Killed

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Troops fired on indigenous people protesting against the killing of Ever Fabian Gieto, who was shot and killed at an army checkpoint on the 18th of July in Caloto. According to reports the troops fired long bursts at the crowd, killing Mauricio Largo, 24 and injuring several others. Two of read more

Threats against student leaders at the National University in Bogota

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 July 2012

On 11th July 2012 threats were sent via email to several student activists and student organisations at the Colombian National University in Bogota, declaring them military targets. The threats appeared to come from the paramilitary group “Aguilas Negras”, also referred to as the “Urabenos” in regions outside Bogota. This latest read more

FENSUAGRO Open Letter to President Santos Regarding Putumayo Mobilisations

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 July 2012

FENSUAGRO, the agricultural workers' union has written to President Santos to request that he attend to the petitions of a 4,000 march being led from Puerto Asis to the Departmental capital of Mocoa. The marchers have spent 5 days on the road with demands that are partially outlined in the read more

Unarmed Indigenous Mobilisation in Cauca met with Violence

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 19 July 2012

Indigenous student killed On Tuesday 17th July indigenous people forced army troops off the Cerro Berlin hill just outside the town of Toribio in Cauca department. The indigenous people had been encamped at the base since July 11th when President Santos visited the town and was asked to withdraw troops read more

Interview with Miguel Angel Beltran

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 19 July 2012

Miguel Angel Beltran is a university lecturer who was unjustly imprisoned for over two years, on charges of terrorism and being a FARC 'ideologue'. Miguel Angel was absolved of all charges, but now fears for his life after having received death threats from right wing death squads. To watch the read more

Colombian Artists and Musicians call for release of Carlos Lugo

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 July 2012

On 14th July 2012, the Network of Artists from South Eastern Colombia (RAPSOL) called for the release of Carlos Lugo, a musician detained in ‘La Modelo Prison’, Bogota since October 2nd 2011, without being convicted of any crime. The RAPSOL statement follows proposals from the “National Meeting read more

Analysis: Legal Framework for Peace

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 18 July 2012

By Hasan Dodwell A temporary reform was made to the Colombian Constitution last month with the passing of a bill that could have significant implications for both peace and justice in Colombia. The so called Legal Framework for Peace has the overt aim of facilitating a negotiated solution to the read more

UNITE and USW Condemn Murders of FENSUAGRO Activists

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 16 July 2012

Unite the Union and the United Steelworkers of America have made a joint statement condemning the rcent assassinations of members of their sister union FENSUAGRO members. The statement, made during the Unite annual policy conference follows a wave of threats and killings in recent weeks agasint FENSUAGRO activists. Below is read more

Homes Destroyed and Civilian Killed in Cauca Fighting

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

Human rights organisations have reported heavy fighting in the village of El Mango in Cauca department. On the 2nd of July villagers witnessed the arrival of 4 heavy truckloads of FARC guerrillas from the insurgent’s 60th Front. Predicting the fighting to come, 1,200 villagers displaced towards nearby villages. Meanwhile the read more

Drummond and Glencore Refuse to Negotiate With Miners

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

SINTRAIME, the Colombian mine workers’ union has reported that Drummond subsidiaries have fired 150 unionised workers in the La Mona, El Paso and Cesar mines. The workers are employed by Mafylm, a company which is contracted to carry out maintenance on Drummond’s equipment, and which four years ago carried out read more

JFC at Union Conferences

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

JFC took part in several trade union conferences during May and June 2012, including those of the POA, ASLEF, UCU, GMB, UNISON and UNITE. JFC Director addressed the POA and ASLEF conferences, followed by a motion pledging support for JFC and trade union colleagues in Colombia. ASLEF held read more

Threats against teachers and students at the National Pedagogic University of Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

A series of threats have been sent via Facebook targetting students and academics at the National Pedagogical University of Colombia . The most concerning, sent last week, claimed that paramilitary groups had rearmed and would take action against trade unionists, as well as naming several students and teachers as read more

Indigenous Elder Killed, El Tiempo Accuses Indigenous of Links to Guerrillas

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

The ORIVAC indigenous organisation of Cauca has reported the assassination of Paoblo Gutierrez. Mr Gutierrez was killed while eating his dinner at a cafe at 7pm on June 19th 2012. Another indigenous man, Gilberto Chacoa, a local leader and the Governor of the village of El Dumar was seriously injured read more

UN Office for Human Rights condemns threats against human rights defenders

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Office in Colombia of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has publically condemned the death threat made against 13 human rights leaders on 4th July this year. The threat, sent via email, displays photographs of defenders, including congressman Ivan Cepeda, (who is read more

Colombia's Congress Santos’ Justice Reforms Shelved Amid Popular Indignation

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

Both President and Congress have been severely damaged by the failure to pass the justice reforms that had been presented by the government and approved by Congress, before an eruption of popular discontent forced Santos to convoke an extraordinary session of Congress in order to shelve the reform in what read more

CUT Protests Killings of Afro-Colombians

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 July 2012

The CUT has protested at the killings over the last few months of 9 Afro-Colombian peasant leaders from the Cubarado and Juguamiando communities in Choco. These selective assassinations are linked to the land restitution process enshrined in the Land and Victims Law passed by the government. This law read more

International Report Notes Grave Dangers Still Facing Human Rights Defenders in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Today the US Office on Colombia (USOC) and the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) released the final report of the International Verification Mission on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia. See the English version here and the Spanish version here. read more

Victims' Voices From Colombia: A Review of Throwing Stones At The Moon

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 11 July 2012

By Dan Kovalik The soon-to-be-released book, Throwing Stones At The Moon ("Moon")(Voice of Witness, 2012) reads like a collection of literary short stories, but, in this case, the stories are both real and horrifying. The stories of those gathered in Moon are told by the Colombian victims of read more

UN Office for Human Rights condemns threats against human rights defenders

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Bogota, 5 July 2012 The Colombia Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights vehemently condemns the new threats against human rights defenders in Colombia, and against those reclaiming their land. The Office knew on 4th July of a leaflet signed by the self-described read more

Article About Miguel Angel Beltran in The Times HE

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 5 July 2012

Arrested, beaten, caged - but the state could not break him Jack Grove talks to Miguel Angel Beltrán, the falsely imprisoned Colombian scholar now fighting for reform Academic freedom is a cause held dear by most scholars, but very few will suffer for it as Miguel Angel Beltrán has. However, read more