Teachers union to strike in June

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) has confirmed a teachers’ strike for the 1st June in protest against government education policies and to demand better health care. The trade union released a press release denouncing the fact that Colombian teachers generally don’t receive medicine read more



Paramilitaries assassinate two farmers in Antioquia department

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 23 May 2016

Two peasant farmers have been assassinated by paramilitaries in the municipality of El Bagre, Antioquia department. On 17th May at 9am approximately 10 paramilitaries arrived suddenly to the small village of Campo Alegre where they killed Manuel Gregorio Carrazco Sabaleta. His body was dismembered and then thrown into a river. read more



Uribe criticized for calling for "civil resistance" to Colombia peace deal

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Former Colombian President and right-wing opposition leader Álvaro Uribe has controversially called for “civil resistance” to a peace deal with the FARC. In a TV interview Uribe, who has been a long-time critic of the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, argued the peace agreement would lead read more



Minister of Justice declares humanitarian emergency in Colombia’s prisons

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Colombian Justice Minister, Jorge Londoño, declared an official humanitarian emergency on Thursday in 74 of Colombia’s prisons. The Ministry recognised that there is insufficient prison staff to attend to the health requirements of prisoners suffering from disease such as HIV, cancer, diabetes read more



Colombia not enforcing U.S. trade deal labor standards - unions

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Colombia not enforcing U.S. trade deal labor standards -unions By David Lawder WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S. and Colombian labor unions said the Colombian government failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, raising questions about similar provisions in a massive pan-Pacific deal. read more



Breakthrough in Peace Talks: agreement on legal status of final peace accord announced

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

In a joint statement from Havana released on 12th May the negotiators for the Colombian government and the FARC announced they have reached an agreement regarding the legal status and juridical protection of the final peace agreement. This is a major step forward for the peace process, solving one of read more



Trade union leader killed after denouncing irregularities in health sector

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 12 May 2016

A trade union leader was shot dead outside his home on 7th April. Oswaldo Hernández Gutiérrez was a member of the health workers’ union SINDESS and the vice-president the Magdalena Department Regional Committee. He was taken to hospital but died on 10th April. Mr Hernandez had worked as a sanitation read more



Trade unionist murdered after boss warns "take care on the street"

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Justice for Colombia has been working together with Uni Global Union to support Prosegur workers in Colombia. UNI mourns Prosegur union member killed in Colombia UNI Global Union is in mourning following the tragic death of a Prosegur guard killed during an armed robbery in Colombia. Alcides de Jesus Cortes read more



El Grupo Parlamentario Amigos de Colombia rechaza el ataque contra Imelda Daza

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 9 May 2016

El Grupo Parlamentario Amigos de Colombia rechaza el ataque contra Imelda Daza, dirigente de la Unión Patriótica, en Cartagena el 6 de mayo de 2016. El grupo que representa a más de 85 miembros del parlamento británico de todos los partidos, ha apoyado el proceso de paz colombiano desde su read more



Parliamentary Friends condemn attack against Imelda Daza

Justice For Colombia News | on: Monday, 9 May 2016

The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia, representing more than 85 Members of the UK Parliament, condemns the attack against Colombian opposition leader Imelda Daza in Cartagena on 6th May 2016. As a group of cross-party politicians who have supported the Colombian peace process since its beginning and continue to monitor the read more



Another assassination attempt of prominent opposition leader

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 9 May 2016

An attempt was made on the life of Imelda Daza, one of the leaders of the left-wing political party Patriotic Union, last Friday 6th May. Gunmen arrived at a meeting in Cartagena where the Patriotic Union leader and former candidate for the governor of Cesar Department was speaking. The meeting read more



UNISON urges Colombia to protect activists from paramilitaries

Justice For Colombia News | on: Friday, 6 May 2016

More than 500 Colombian trade unionists and human rights campaigners murdered in the past five years as threat increases UNISON members are being urged to come to the defence of two Colombians – a trade unionist and a human rights activist – whose lives are under serious threat because read more



MP Question on Colombia to FCO Minister

Justice For Colombia News | on: Thursday, 5 May 2016

19 April 2016 Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Colombian counterpart on the number read more



Human rights activists targeted with illegal arrest in city centre

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 5 May 2016

Two members of the human rights organisation, CPDH, a close partner of Justice for Colombia were harassed and briefly detained by police in Bogota on Tuesday, 3 May. After trying to assist a homeless person police officers began to verbally abuse the two human rights activists, Julián Bello y Sylvain read more



Whatever it takes: Unite’s Justice for Colombia support call

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 May 2016

http://unitelive.org/whatever-it-takes/ Douglas Beattie, Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 “We are calling on all our branches to affiliate to Justice for Colombia, we are calling on all our branches to support their region in affiliating to Justice for Colombia,” says Tony Woodhouse, chair of Unite’s executive council. He’s read more



Paramilitary Terror in Colombia: Victim Interviewed in London

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Far-right paramilitaries orchestrate a climate of fear among rural communities. Rubiela Coique, a 37-year-old woman from Corinto, was found lying by the side of the road into town. She had been tortured and decapitated, her head left a few meters from her body. It was Sunday April 17, 2016. Her read more



JFC host successful visit of Colombian activists to UK

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Two of Colombia’s leading trade union and human rights activists, Gustavo Rengifo and Deivin Hurtado, have just completed a high-profile visit to the United Kingdom to speak about the threats facing political activists in Colombia. On the three-week tour, which was organised by Justice for Colombia, trade unions and politicians read more