UNI Meets With Colombian Vice President

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 29 September 2011

UNI, the skills and services global union which encompasses 900 trade unions and 20 million workers was visited at its Nyon headquarters by Colombian vice-president Angelino Garzon. The meeting was part of UNI's campaign to support Colombian unions in their fight for human and workers rights and to end the read more

Senior UK Figures Call for Liliany Release

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 29 September 2011

Over 100 MPs, and senior lawyers and trade unionists have signed a JFC co-ordinated petition calling on the Colombian government to free Liliany Obando, a political prisoner who has been imprisoned without conviction since 8th August 2008. She is currently being held in the high security yard of the Buen read more

Congressman Cepeda Quoted in The Independent

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 28 September 2011

If you think industrial relations are bad here... Union leaders here complain the UK has "some of the worst trade union legislation in the whole of Europe", but there are worse places to be union organisers. The worst in the western hemisphere is Colombia, which is torn apart by a read more

Political Prisoner Freed!!

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 26 September 2011

Carmelo Agamez, the political prisoner detained on 13th November 2008 has been freed after nearly 3 years of unjust incarceration. Mr Agamez was jailed on the false charge of belonging to a paramilitary organisation. His case was marked by constant legal irregularities,beginning with the illegal search of his home carried read more

Santos Reshuffles Military Hierarchy – War Continues

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 September 2011

Analysis: Upon his election Santos spoke of holding the ‘key to peace’ raising hopes among many that his government might open a dialogue with guerrillas that could lead towards peace for a country that has not known it since the 1940s. However, the recent reshuffle of the military hierarchy indicates read more

Unionist Survives Assassination Attempt

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 22 September 2011

Oscar Duque a member of Sintramienergetica, the mining and energy workers' union of Colombia, was boarding a bus to work in a Drummond-owned mine on 19th September when he was the victim of an assassination attempt. His attackers fired several shots at him but failed to kill him. The CUT read more

Interview with Former Political Prisoner Miguel Angel Beltran

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 20 September 2011

JfC Interviews Colombian Academic Professor Miguel Angel Beltrán, Following His Release From Prison Justice For Colombia: Dr. Beltrán, you were detained in Mexico, before being imprisoned in Colombia. What were the circumstances of your detention? Miguel Angel Beltran: It is important to clarify before anything else, that I read more

Army Political Instructor Detained Over 1994 Assassination

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 19 September 2011

The Attorney of the Bogota Tribunal has ordered the arrest of Jose Miguel Narvaez, a former adviser to several military units and professor of political warfare at the Colombian army intelligence school in Bogota. Narvaez is being arrested as the intellectual author of the 1994 assassination of opposition Senator Manuel read more

Billy Hayes addresses the audience at the TUC Latin America reception JFC at Packed TUC Latin America Reception

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 19 September 2011

The TUC Latin America reception held last week was a resounding success. Over 150 people heard speakers talk about the different processes in the region, focusing on Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The meeting was chaired by JFC Vice-Chair Christine Blower. In his speech, JFC Chair Billy Hayes spoke about read more

ITUC GS - Development Impossible Without Labour Rights in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Colombian government has not fulfilled its promises Sharan Burrow, the General Secretary of the ITUC stopped off in Colombia on the last visit of a Latin American tour, accompanied by Victor Baez, the Secretary General of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (CSA). In Colombia Sharan Burrow emphasised the read more

Human Rights Lawyers Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The Colombian political prisoners’ NGO, Ties of Dignity (Lazos de Dignidad) has reported that two lawyers representing political prisoners have disappeared. Armando Colon and Luis Eduardo Manotas disappeared on September 10th. At 1.30pm on that day, Luis Eduardo made a call in which he said he was in Bogota and read more

Priest Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 11 September 2011

On 2nd September the body of Jose Reinel Restrepo, local priest to the town of Marmato, was found alongside his motorbike on the road between Mistrato and Belen de Umbria in central Colombia. Media reports portrayed his killing as linked to a robbery, but local people and human rights groups read more

Threats Against Coffee Workers' Union Leader

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jose Manuel Espinosa Pachon, the President of SINTRAFEC coffee workers’ union in Chinchina has reported phone threats and threats delivered by leaflet. Mr Espinosa is also a member of the CPDH human rights organisation. The latest threats were reported to the authorities, but so far no action has been taken. read more

SINTRAINAGRO Trade Unionist Killed

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Jorge Alberto Durante was shot and killed in El Cortijo on 3rd September at 6pm. A member of SINTRAINAGRO, he was also the treasurer of the Democratic Pole opposition party in the town of Carepa. His killing forms part of a pattern of assassination attempts against members of the Democratic read more

Displaced Leader Disappeared

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Juan Antonio Ariza Carrillo, a founding member of the ANDESCOL displaced peasant’s organisation, left his home in the town of Albania on September 1st and has not been seen since. He was last heard of when aboard a bus towards La Guajira. Mr Ariza displaced from Magdalena after receiving threats read more

Liliany One of Top 100 Unseen Powerful Women

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 September 2011

One World Action has included Liliany Obando, the Colombian trade unionist and political prisoner, in its list of the World's 100 (unseen) and most powerful women. According to One World Action, the list has been compiled through nominations, networks, word of mouth and social media. The nominations include women read more

Statement from UNITE the Union condeming the brutal murder of Colombian Trade Unionist

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Statement from UNITE the Union condeming the brutal murder of Colombian Trade Unionist - Rafael Andres Gonzalez Garnica UNITE the Union, representing more than 1.5 million members in the UK and Ireland, condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of yet another trade unionist in Colombia. The assassination read more

Witch Hunt Against ‘Transmilenio’ Drivers

News from Colombia | on: Sunday, 4 September 2011

At least 15 drivers on Bogota’s Transmilenio transport system have been fired following rumours of strike action according to Colombia’s CUT trade union federation. Workers on the network, which is run by seven private companies, have also repeatedly been denied the right to form a trade union. In the last read more

Prisoner Commits Suicide to Protest ‘Living Death’

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 1 September 2011

A prisoner of Colombia’s notorious Valledupar high security prison has killed himself today in protest at what he called “the living death” of being held far from his family. Jhon Jairo Garrido Barrios was being held in a prison far from where his family live in Neiva and had read more