Local population force police to leave village centre

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 June 2015

In the town called El Mango in the conflict intense region of Cauca the local population came together to force the police to away from civilian homes. Fearful of the impact of potential confrontations between the FARC guerrillas and the Police, hundreds of local citizens went onto the streets and read more

24 human rights defenders killed in 2015

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 26 June 2015

The first half of 2015 has seen 24 human rights defenders killed according to the regional body the Inter American Commission of Human Rights. In addition to providing suitable protection measures for people at risk, the Commission called on the Colombian government to ensure full investigations to hold those responsible read more

Human Rights Watch Report reveals role of Military top brass in systematic civilian executions

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

False positive killings amount to one of the worst episodes of mass atrocity in the Western Hemisphere in recent years, and there is mounting evidence that many senior army officers bear responsibility. Yet the army officials in charge at the time of the killings have escaped justice and even ascended read more

Unite representatives witness Colombian reality during one week delegation

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

In the first week of June a delegation formed of Unite representatives from across the country travelled to Colombia to meet with Colombian trade unionists, political activists, human rights defenders, and opposition politicians. The trip was timed to coincide with the opening of the eleventh national conference of Unite’s sister read more

Trade unionist released after more than a year in prison

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wilmar Madronero, a member of the Colombian trade union ASCAP, has been released after a year in prison. On the 14th May 2015 the court in the Department of Putumayo ruled to release Mr Madronero and 7 other social activists after the district attorney’s investigations were unable to substantiate read more

Another death in San José de Apartadó

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Civilians from the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado have spoken out again about the relentless pressure that defenceless civilians are subjected to by the local police. In recent months, they say, police forces have threatened and tortured local civilians, and prevented families from accessing food supplies. In read more

Afrocolombian organisation condemns assassination of young members

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The National Association of Young Displaced Afro Colombians (AFRODES) has denounced the assassination of several of its members in the poor neighbourhoods of Bogota. In April two young members of AFRODES, Edward Samir Murillo Ramírez and Daniel Andrés Perlaza Hurtado, were assassinated on a football pitch by hitmen on a read more

Peace Process Update May 22

News from Colombia | on: Friday, 22 May 2015

Recent violence sees 10 soldiers and 18 guerrillas killed in military operations that put peace in danger The peace talks are currently focused on the discussion of the victims’ issue, alongside various topics related to ending the conflict. However, the negotiations appear to have bogged down over the victims’ issue, read more

FENSUAGRO Reports Army Harassment of Trade Unionists in Cauca

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015

Reports include harassment, torture, arbitrary detentions, use of civilians as human shields, theft, indiscriminate shootings and damage to civilian property. On 14th May 2015 in San Pedro settlement of the Corinto municipality, at about 3.30pm a battle began between the FARC and troops of the 92nd land combat battalion, read more

Public Service Union Denounces Threats

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 21 May 2015

On Friday 16 May workers at the Esbarbosa ESP water and other services company were threatened by their manager, who told them the union would be destroyed and they had a month to live. The company provides water and sewerage services to the municipality of Barbosa in the department of read more