Colombian state accepts responsibility in murder of human rights activist

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

By Nicholas Hourigan On the 11th August 2017, the Colombian Interior Minister Guillermo Rivera Floréz officially recognised the responsibility of the state in the killing of Pedro Durán Franco. Durán, father of four and human rights activist in Cúcuta, North Santander with a passion for causes such as indigenous and read more

Community activist remains imprisoned after accusations of guerrilla affiliations

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Article by Nicholas Hourigan. ‘I am not a guerrilla fighter, I simply fight by and for my community’ – Milena Quiroz Milena Quiroz, a community activist from the town of Arenal, was arrested on the 22 March 2017 on accusations of being affiliated with the National Liberation Army (ELN), along read more

Another demobilising FARC member murdered

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Jesus Adan Mazo who was taking part in the FARC demobilisation process was murdered on Monday 14th August. Jesus Adan Mazo was an ex-Commander of the Militias in Ituango, North Antioquia. According to reports armed men smashed down his door, dragged him into the street, and shot him three times. read more

Two more murders of social activists in southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

After the murder of Nidio Davila earlier this month two more political activists were reported killed in southwest Colombia. Fernando Asprilla was a member of the Patriotic March and Idaly Castillo was a local community leader. Their deaths brought the total of murders of political activists in 2017 in read more

Transitory Zones expire as new stage in peace process begins

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Since the ratification of the peace agreement in December 2016 the FARC began to concentrate themselves in 26 zones across the country, the so called transitory zones. It is here where they have carried out the laying down of arms process and now with the more than 8,000 guns removed read more

Final arms of the FARC removed from transitory zones

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

In another historic day for Colombia and the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC, in a UN operation the more than 8,000 guns handed over by demobilising FARC troops were removed from the 26 zones were the FARC troops are currently located. This was another important step read more

Strikes in northern Colombia as law prohibits small-scale mining

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Miners using so called “traditional” techniques from northern Colombia have gone on strike in response to the passing of a law to make small-scale mining illegal. In the region of Segovia and Remedios in Northeast Antioquia small-scale mining, also known as traditional or artisan mining, constitutes the majority of mining read more

Peasant leader murdered in Southwest Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 10 August 2017

Last Sunday 6th August Nidio Dávila was brutally murdered after being dragged from his home by a group of up to twenty men. The murder continues a pattern of growing paramilitary violence against political activists. Nidio Dávila was a local peasant leader, a member of the FENSUAGRO affiliated ASTRACAN peasant read more

Huber ballesteros receives tenth death threat since he was released

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 3 August 2017

On the 31 July 2017 Huber Ballesteros received another death threat from the paramilitary group Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC). This is the tenth threat sent to Huber Ballesteros, who sits on the executive of the Patriotic March as well as the trade union FENSUAGRO and CUT, and who read more