Journalist murdered in Cali

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

A Colombian journalist, Luis Eduardo Cardozo, was assassinated last Sunday in an attack which took place in his own home. Mr Cardozo had over 40 years’ experience in the media. He was an award winning journalist, television presenter and director of Radio Toledar in the city of Cali. read more

Liliany Obando released from prison. Again.

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

Justice for Colombia was relieved by the news that Liliany Obando, an academic and human rights defender, was released from prison on the 20th August after a six day hunger strike protest. Liliany was first imprisoned between August 2008 and March 2012, accused of links to FARC guerrillas. read more

Ex-President Uribe wiretapping scandal continues to grow

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

The hacking scandal that came to light during the Colombian elections in May 2014 has developed further this week after the accused hacker, Andres Sepulveda, spoke out about wiretapping. Mr Sepulveda, who is currently being held in prison, claims to have worked with members of the Colombian military to read more

Arbitrary human rights violations in Puerto Asis

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

Following the announcement of a departmental strike, on the 1 September several members of the local organisation the Central Committee for Putumayo were arbitrarily detained and one has received death threats. The Central Committee for Putumayo works to create spaces for dialogue between the government and local social organisations read more

Refusing to be silenced in the fight for justice

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 5 September 2014

KATY PROCTOR reports from a delegation to Colombia to support human rights defenders IN March 2012 two of my colleagues at Aslef, general secretary Mick Whelan and district officer Nigel Gibson, stood at the gates of El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota to applaud the release of Liliany Obando, a read more

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