University Professor illegally ejected from Panama

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 August 2014

A professor from the National University in Bogota, Miguel Ángel Beltrán Villegas, who spent several years in prison before his case was thrown out of court, has been arbitrarily and illegally ejected from Panama by border authorities accompanied by advisors from the United States. Miguel Ángel Beltrán was imprisoned for read more

Diary of a Lawyer on a JFC Delegation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Mural in the National University, PSEU General Secretary: Remembering Colombia, 16th May 1984

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Remembering Colombia, 16th May, 1984 Tom Geraghty visited Colombia recently with ‘Justice for Colombia’ in a delegation of Irish and British parliamentarians and trade unionists. This photograph of graffiti, taken in the University of Bogota, Colombia exhorts the passers by to ‘Remember’ 16 May 1984. On that date, students holding read more

Paul Nowak meets Huber Ballesteros in La Picota Prison TUC Assistant General Secretary: Defiance, Hope and Solidarity in Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 18 August 2014

TUC Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak recently returned from a JFC delegation to Colombia. Here is a blog piece he wrote on his return. La Pictoa prison, south of Bogota is a foreboding place. The sheer scale of the facility, the lines of relatives and lawyers waiting to visit those read more

Lilinay Obando with Miguel Angel Beltran Liliany Obando – “My only crime is belonging to the Colombian left-wing”

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 15 August 2014

From her latest prison cell, the human rights defender and political prisoner Liliany Obando offers a personal account of her most recent arrest. Six years after being the first person linked to the so called ‘FARCPOLITICA’ trial, I am now writing about my experience from an isolated and cold cell read more

Peace Community continues to suffer at the hands of the Colombian state

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 August 2014

The San Jose Peace community is one of the most emblematic examples in Colombia of local people coming together to say no to the violence that so many are forced to suffer on a daily basis. Accused of being guerrilla collaborators they have for decades been targeted by the read more

Human rights lawyer arbitrarily arrested

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 14 August 2014

The human rights lawyer, Rommel Duran, who was recently in London with the Colombia Caravana UK Group and who met with Justice for Colombia, was arrested arbitrarily on 9 August in what seems to be an attempt to punish him for his work in defence of the displaced community read more

Terror as eleven deaths in heavily militarised region of northeast Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

In Arauca and the neighbouring North Santander, eleven deaths have been reported since the end of July which has lead local human rights organisations to denounce the complete lack of justice and failure of the military to protect the local population. With considerable oil exploration in the region and important read more

President of regional trade union branch survives eleven-bullet assassination attempt

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

John Alexánder Rodríguez, the President of the Central Subdirective of the USO oilworkers union survived an assassination attempt late on 11 August 2014. His car was left with eleven bullet holes but fortunately he survived the attack, largely thanks to the fact that he travels in a bullet proof car. read more

JFC statement on recent arrest of human rights defender Liliany Obando

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

12 August 2014, London Justice for Colombia condemns in the strongest terms the arrest on 5 August 2014 of Lilliany Obando and her continued detention in a prison cell in the capital city, Bogotá. We call on the relevant judicial authorities to ensure that her legal rights are upheld and read more

Justice for Colombia delegación 2014: Declaración final

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Justice for Colombia ha vuelto de una delegación en Colombia donde los delegados pudieron conocer algunos de algunos de los políticos de oposición, sindicalistas, defensores de derechos humanos, y activistas de paz de más alto perfil además de las autoridades colombianas. Aquí abajo se encuentra la declaración final: Nosotros, un read more

Justice for Colombia delegation 2014: Final statement

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Justice for Colombia recently returned from a week delegation to Colombia where delegates were able to meet with some of the most high profile opposition politicians, trade unionists human rights defenders, and peace activists in Colombia as well as meet with the Colombian authorities. Here below is the delegations final read more

Tenemos que poner fin a esta colusión con el terror en Colombia

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tenemos que poner fin a esta colusión con el terror en Colombia Por Seumas Milne Traducción Justice for Colombia El puerto de Buenaventura en Colombia es un lugar de miseria y miedo. 80% de la población, afrocolombiano en su mayoría, vive en una pobreza extrema y grupos paramilitares ejercen un read more

We must end this collusion with terror in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 4 August 2014

Seumas Milne who was on a recent delegation to Colombia with JFC has written this comment piece in the Guardian. The Colombian port of Buenaventura is a place of misery and fear. Four-fifths of the mainly black population live in dire poverty and paramilitary gangs exercise a reign of terror. read more