Violent aggression against FARC prisoner and trans woman by prison guard

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 29 July 2016

The LGBT community in La Picota prison have reported a violent aggression by prison guards against a FARC prisoner and trans woman, Yurani Muñoz. On 22 July Yurani was delivering a workshop when she was verbally and physically abused by Dragoneante Castillo, a soldier and prison guard. She was read more

Civil disobedience in La Picota prison over lack of health care

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Inmates in La Picota prison in Bogotá have declared themselves in civil disobedience since 19th July to protest against the health crisis in Colombian jails. The protest is being led by two FARC combatants and the imprisoned academic Miguel Ángel Beltrán. As an act of civil disobedience the group of read more

Gender subcommittee presents conclusions on land, political participation and illicit crops

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 25 July 2016

In a joint declaration from the peace talks the Colombian government and FARC delegations announced that the Gender Subcommittee had concluded its revision of the agreements on land and rural development, political participation and illicit crops, to ensure they include a gender perspective. They also announced the gender agreements to read more

After 45 days truckers and Colombian government reach agreement to end strike

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 25 July 2016

After 45 days of protest trucker drivers and the Colombian government have reached an agreement to end the longest strike in Colombia's history. More than 250,000 lorry and truck drivers have been on strike since 5th June over fuel costs, the privatization of highway maintenance and tolls, and the allowing read more

Colombia - continuing the struggle for justice

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Originally published in the Scottish Left Review In April 2016, two of Colombia’s leading union and human rights activists visited Britain to speak about the threats facing political activists in Colombia. On the three-week tour, which was organised by Justice for Colombia, they met with MPs, government representatives, union leaders, read more

Land rights activist murdered

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Feliz Arturo Rodriguez, a 62 year old man, who was campaigning to ensure that he and his community could return to their homes from which they had been forced to flee years ago, was murdered on 6th July 2016. Feliz Arturo was a member read more

Youths assassinated in Barrancabermeja

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The youth group Juventud Rebelde-Magdalena Medio have reported several violent incidents that took place at the end of June. Between the 11th and the 13th June paramilitary groups assassinated four youths in the city of Barrancabermeja. The group has requested that measures be read more

Street vendor assassinated by policeman in Antioquia.

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Colombian farmer’s association, the ASCNA, has reported that on the 13 June the policeman Jhony Asprilla Hinestroza, inebriated and drugged, barged into a home in El Zacatin, Antioquia, and tried to suffocate the owner, Sonia, but was interrupted by 75-year old Nazario de Jesús Castaño read more

Paramilitaries continue to instensify violence: Case study in El Bagre

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Human rights defenders from Aheramigua have spoken out about the targeted assassination of farmers by members of paramilitary groups in el Bagre, Antioquia. Since 2015 the humanitarian crisis brought about by paramilitary groups in the regions of Cauca and Antioquia has been deepening. These groups have instilled such read more

Three young girls murdered by paramilitaries

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Colombian human rights network “Francisco Isaías Cifuentes” and political and social movement ‘Marcha Patriotica’ have spoken out about the AGC (Autodefensas Gaitanistas), a paramilitary group responsible for the forced disappearance, torture, and murder of three girls from the Tumaco municipality in Nariño. On the 23rd June the three girls, read more

Questions on Colombia in Parliament

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

15 July 2016 Lord Pendry Labour To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 27 June (HL744), what steps they plan to take if they find British read more

Protestor killed as lorry drivers' strike continues after more than 40 days

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 18 July 2016

A teargas grenade thrown by Colombian riot police (ESMAD) killed a protestor on 12th July during the strike by truckers and lorry drivers in the country. Luis Orlando Saíz died in the city of Duitama, Boyacá department amidst the violent police repression of the strike, which has now been ongoing read more

Paramilitaries kill motorbike taxi driver in Antioquia

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 1 July 2016

Paramilitary groups have killed a motorbike taxi driver and local organiser in the community of El Bagre, Antioquia. Wilson Manuel Cabrera was assassinated at five in the morning on 29th June as he left his house. In the last few weeks he had been campaigning for the improvement of the read more