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 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