Most peaceful month in relation to armed conflict for 40 years

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 24 August 2015

With FARC’s latest ceasefire one month old, the conflict observatory CERAC has revealed that the last month has seen the least conflict casualties for 40 years. According to CERAC 2 soldiers and 4 guerrillas were killed in a total of 20 confrontations between the warring sides. Last week FARC confirmed read more

320 human rights activists killed during five years of Santos

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 24 August 2015

The latest report released by the human rights observatory Somos Defensores reveals that 320 human rights activists have been killed during the five years of Santos’ Presidency. Impunity continues to be highlighted as a principal problem in addressing the violence. Of 34 murders registered in the first half of the read more

UN reports 69 social activists killed in 2015

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 24 August 2015

The United nations declared its alarm at the ongoing attacks against human rights activists and community leaders in Colombia. Fabrizio Hochschild, the UN Coordinator in Colombia, reported that the UN has a record of 69 activists incuding political activists, human rights activists, and community leaders, being killed in the first read more

Twenty-eight indigenous killed this year

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The indigenous organisation ONIC has reported that 28 indigenous people have been murdered in Colombia this year. Those murders formed part of more than 3,000 incidents of human rights abuses committed against the indigenous population. These included 35 attempted murders, and almost 2,000 cases of forced displacement. The report also read more

Cartels of false witnesses operating from Colombian jails

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Human rights organsiations have long denounced the systematic use of false witnesses in prosecutions brought against political activists. The Patriotic March noted that one witness being used to testify against members of their organisation had claimed to be in three different places at the same time. According to the read more

FARC and Colombian Army work together in historic demining process

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

As part of the process to de-escalate the armed conflict agreed in the peace talks in Havana, the FARC and the military have begun working together to remove mines from a village in North West Colombia. 48 soldiers and 3 guerrillas are taking part in the operation which is the read more

British trade union movement protests arrest of Colombian academic Miguel Angel Beltran

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

In response to the recent arrest of the academic Miguel Angel Beltran, a letter signed by the TUC, the Musicians' Union and Justice for Colombia was sent to the Supreme Court. Here you can see the text of the letter: Dra. Maria Del Rosario Gonzalez Muñoz Corte Suprema read more

Organizaciones sindicales británicas protestan en contra de la detención de Miguel Angel Beltran

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 11 August 2015

En respuesta a la reciente detención del acádemico Miguel Ángel Beltran, una carta firmada por la Central Sindical Británica (TUC), el Sindicato de Músicos (MU), y Justice for Colombia fue enviada a la Corte Suprema de Justicia. Vea abajo el texto de la carta: Dra. María Del Rosario read more

Three trade unionists killed in one region

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 10 August 2015

Alex Fabián Espinosa Carvajalino, a member of the National Movement for the Victims of State Crimes, and treasurer for the National Judiciary Workers (Asonal) was killed in the month of June. Fabian had been receiving death threats since 2011, but was not provided with the necessary protection measures from the read more

Victims activist shot dead

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 10 August 2015

María Eugenia Calle, member of the Mothers for Life victims organisation, was shot several times by a young man on 4 June as she returned home from work. Maria owned a shop in North Antioquia and it is reported that she had been suffering from extortion attempts by the local read more

Land reclaimant murdered in familiar story

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 10 August 2015

On 8 June 2015 the land reclaimant Octavio Avilez Guerra was murdered in the municipality of Cordoba. Octavia was supporting his mother in her process to reclaim her land that she was forced to abandon. Colombia is the country with the second highest number of internally displaced refugees in the read more

Total impunity for murders of human rights activists in 2014: UN

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 6 August 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, Todd Howland, has lamented the lack of justice for the murders committed against human rights activists. 55 human rights activists were killed in 2014 but not a single person was brought to justice. “One problem we have observed is that in read more

Peace talks with second guerrilla group to start in September

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 6 August 2015

After more than a year of rumours there has been a breakthrough in the preliminary talks between the Colombian government and the second largest guerrilla group the ELN. Reports suggest that official peace talks will begin in September and will take place in Ecuador. Whilst this appears to be the read more

Imprisoned academic sends defiant public letter from prison

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 6 August 2015

Miguel Beltran, Colombia academic who has suffered years of persecution at the hands of the Colombian state which have seen him imprisoned for several years, banned from teaching at public universities, and now arrested once again, last week in Bogota. Justice for Colombia has campaigned in read more

FARC release statement on sexual violence

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 6 August 2015

As part of the ongoing peace talks taking place in Havana, the FARC have released the following statement on the topic of sexual violence. "The FARC-EP rejects sexual crimes against women" Regarding the counterinsurgency campaign disguised as "news reports” published by different media we declare the following: We emphatically reject read more

Academic Miguel Beltran arrested and assaulted by prison guards

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 5 August 2015

On 31 July 2015 Miguel Beltran, an academic who was detained for two years on false charges of rebellion was once again arrested. The arrest comes after the ruling which cleared Miguel of all charges was overturned, but in spite of the fact that a subsequent appeal with the Supreme read more