Victims' Mural in Bogota Defaced by Neo-Nazis

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 17 April 2014

A mural commemorating the victims of the massacre of the Patriotic Union during the late 1980s and early 1990s was attacked and vandalised on the night of April 12th by a group of up to 50 armed and uniformed neo-nazis. The group left a white band painted across the read more

SINTRAEMCALI Offices Firebombed

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 17 April 2014

On Wednesday 16 April the offices of the SINTRAEMCALI municipal workers’ union was firebombed. The union has been subjected to threats and violence since 2004. The attack was carried out at 2.25am by four men, two riding a motorbike and two who then got into a taxi. The read more

Criminalization of Social Movements and the Political Opposition in Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 16 April 2014

by LILANY OBANDO From Counterpunch JFC Note: Liliany Obando was one of the political prisoners Justice for Colombia campaigned to have freed. Several JFC delegations met her in the Buen Pastor prison where she was held, and one was present for her liberation in March 2012, waiting at the read more

Faustino Acevedo Community Leader Working with Oil Unions Assassinated

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Human rights organisations have reported the assassination of Faustino Acevedo, the president of the ASOCOMUNAL association of community councils from the area of Morro near Yopal in Casanare. Mr Acevedo, a father of three children, was shot three times in the head while having a beer and a meal read more

Mass arrest of Peasant Leaders in Leiva

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 4 April 2014

Seventeen peasant leaders participating in the Grand National Agrarian Summit were arrested on March 17. The 17 are members of Astracan, the Narino peasants’ association and a member of the FENSUAGRO agricultural workers’ union. The leaders had all been active in last year’s agrarian strike during which 19 people were read more

Peasant Leaders Survives Assassination Attempt and Threats Continue

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 31 March 2014

Isidro Olaya Velasquez an electoral witness for the UP in Tolima and the secretary of the Patalo neighbourhood association was walking home from a meeting with the local UP candidate when he was shot four times. The shooting took place on 21st of February in the run up to legislative read more

Francisco Toloza released from jail, but false accusations remain

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 28 March 2014

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Prisoner dies after medical treatment is refused

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 20 March 2014

On 18 March 2014, the prisoner Ramón Emilio Mallarino died after he was denied the necessary medical attention. Ramón became ill at the beginning of the month and he began vomiting blood and was unable to digest any food. He was taken to the medical attention wing, but just a read more

Huffington Post: Northern Irish Travel to D.C. to Advocate for Colombian Peace and Cease Fire

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Original article in Huffington Post Dan Kovalik One of the most underreported stories in the U.S. is the ongoing Colombian peace process. That the Colombian government and FARC rebels may be nearing a settlement to end the 50-year-old conflict in that country appears of no moment to the read more

Justice for Colombia Washington Visit

Justice For Colombia News | on: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Last week a JFC delegation from Northern Ireland visited Washington D.C. to talk to US legislators about the Colombian peace process. The cross party delegation included Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP), Mark Durkan (SDLP), John McCallister (NI21), Brian Campfield (NIPSA), Jimmy Kelly (Unite) and Patricia McKeown (Unison). The visit, supported by the read more